Friday, October 14, 2011

Plea for international intervention as Syria death toll tops 3,000

Killings haven't quelled anti-government demonstrations in Syria
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is expressing deep dismay at the worsening human rights situation in Syria, including the “remorseless toll of human lives,” and urged the international community to take immediate measures to protect the Syrian people.
“In August, I drew attention to credible allegations of crimes against humanity in Syria,” Pillay said. “At that time, I encouraged the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.”
“Since the start of the uprising in Syria, the government has consistently used excessive force to crush peaceful protests,” Pillay said. “Sniping from rooftops, and indiscriminate use of force against peaceful protestors – including the use of live ammunition and the shelling of residential neighborhoods – have become routine occurrences in many Syrian cities.”
The result, she said, has been a “devastatingly remorseless toll” of human lives.
Pillay says the number of people killed since the violence started in March has now exceeded 3,000, including at least 187 children. More than 100 people have been reported killed in the last 10 days alone, she added.
Thousands more, she says, have been arrested, detained, forcibly disappeared and tortured.
Also, family members inside and outside the country have been targeted for harassment, intimidation, threats and beatings.
“The government of Syria has manifestly failed to protect its population,” Pillay charged.
“Furthermore, it has ignored the international community’s calls to cooperate with international investigations.”

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