UN human rights inquiry demands access to Syria

By REUTERS
September 30, 2011 14:45

 
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GENEVA - A UN-backed rights commission urged Syria to let it into the country to investigate reports of killings and torture, including of children, during six months of protests against President Bashar Assad's rule.

"We have received many scary reports about the situation of children during the conflict," Paulo Pinheiro, a Brazilian human rights expert heading the commission of inquiry, told a news conference on Friday.

"At this very moment we are trying to have access from the Syrian government," he said.

Pinheiro did not refer to any specific cases, but a YouTube video of the bloodied corpse of a 13-year-old boy sparked international outrage earlier this year.

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