UN: 'War crimes' in Syria

A United Nations report into the crisis in Syria has found that both government forces and rebels are committing war crimes, including killings and torture.

EU amends arms embargo to send equipment to Syria

Foreign Secretary William Hague in Brussels this afternoon
Foreign Secretary William Hague in Brussels this afternoon Credit: ITV News

William Hague said the European Union have decided to amend the arms embargo to Syria to enable them to send more "technical assistance" to the Syrian opposition. Speaking from Brussels the Foreign Secretary said:

"It will allow us to supply a greater range of non-lethal support but also technical assistance to the Syrian opposition, to the National Coalition.

It will allow us to supply a greater range of equipment to help protect civilian life and also enable us to give assistance and advice we have been restricted from giving before."

Mr Hague also reiterated his condemnation for the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Syrian government. He said today's report by the UN painted a "devastating picture" of suffering:

"The report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria paints a devastating picture of human rights abuses and suffering. Our thoughts are with all the Syrian people who continue to endure this terrible situation.

The Commission’s report confirms that the Assad regime bears overwhelming responsibility for the situation in Syria, and for the worst human rights violations and abuses."

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Syrians who may have committed war crimes identified

Syrians in "leadership positions" who may be responsible for war crimes have been identified along with units accused of perpetrating them, according to United Nations investigators.

A report into the crisis called on the security council to "act urgently to ensure accountability" for grave violations.

The International Criminal Court is the appropriate institution for the fight against impunity in Syria. As an established, broadly supported structure, it could immediately initiate investigations against authors of serious crimes in Syria.

Individuals may also bear criminal responsibility for perpetuating the crimes identified in the present report. Where possible, individuals in leadership positions who may be responsible were identified alongside those who physically carried out the acts.

– United Nations report

UN: Syrian govt and rebels committing war crimes

A United Nations report into the crisis in Syria has found that both government forces and rebels are committing war crimes, including killings and torture.

The report said rebel snipers are causing "considerable civilian casualties", while government forces are perpetrating mass killings, shelling cities, bakeries and funerals which is aimed at "spreading terror."

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