UN implicates Bashar al-Assad in Syria war crimes

BBC News
2 December 2013

The UN’s human rights chief has said an inquiry has produced evidence that war crimes were authorised in Syria at the “highest level”, including by President Bashar al-Assad.

It is the first time the UN’s human rights office has so directly implicated Mr Assad.

Commissioner Navi Pillay said her office held a list of others implicated by the inquiry.

The UN estimates more than 100,000 people have died in the conflict.

The UN’s commission of inquiry into Syria has produced “massive evidence… [of] very serious crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity,” Ms Pillay said.

“The scale of viciousness of the abuses being perpetrated by elements on both sides almost defies belief,” she said.

The evidence indicated responsibility “at the highest level of government, including the head of state”, she added.

The inquiry has also previously reported it has evidence that rebel forces in Syria have been guilty of human rights abuses…


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