UN rights chief: UNSC failures embolden Syria gov't

February 13, 2012 18:28


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The failure of the United Nations Security Council to come to agreement on a resolution against the ongoing violence in Syria has emboldened the Syrian government in its deadly crackdown on the protest movement there, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Pillay spoke extensively about what she called an assault on the restive city of Homs, where she said the Syria army had targeted civilians using "tanks, mortars, rockets and artillery."

Pillay said that the Syrian military was carrying out indiscriminate attacks on civilian neighborhoods, adding that residents have been "effectively trapped in areas under attack."

Syrian President Bashar Assad has been fighting anti-government protesters for the past 11 months, in an ongoing conflict that Pillay said has created a "humanitarian crisis" throughout Syria.

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