UN names human rights probe into Syria crimes

September 12, 2011 20:00

GENEVA - The United Nations on Monday named a three-member panel of international experts to investigate human rights violations since anti-government protests began in Syria in March.

Sergio Pinheiro of Brazil will lead the commission of inquiry, which the U.N. Human Rights Council agreed to set up last month to probe arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and killings and report back by the end of November.Laura Dupuy Lasserre, Uruguay's ambassador who currently serves as president of the 47-member Geneva forum, "underlined the importance for the Syrian authorities to fully cooperate with the Commission", a statement said.

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