UN human rights chief reiterates call for Syria crisis to be put before ICC

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Navi Pillay

The Security Council has been urged again to refer the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The call was made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in her briefing to the General Assembly on Tuesday.

She said despite peace talks to resolve the crisis, the violence in Syria continued as all parties failed to grasp that there could be no military solution to the conflict.

Ms. Pillay told the General Assembly that evidence continued to grow of war crimes, crimes against humanity and gross human rights violations by government forces and armed opposition groups.

"The perpetrators of these appalling crimes act in defiance of law and the international community without fear of accountability. Referral to justice is imperative for future hopes of peace. Today, I repeat again my call to the Security Council to refer the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court." (24")

Ms. Pillay said the international community, led by the UN General Assembly, must support an immediate end to what she described as "the most tragic human rights and humanitarian crisis of our time."

The United Nations estimates that over 100,000 people have been killed in the three-year conflict in Syria.

Jocelyne Sambira, United nations.

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