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UN human rights chief: Assad could issue order to stop killings

The United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay has told the BBC that Syria's leader should face justice for abuses carried out by his forces.

Ms Pillay said "factually there's enough evidence" to suggest President Assad had command responsibility for the abuses.

She also said President Assad could end the detentions and stop the killing of civilians immediately, simply by issuing an order.

Syrian forces 'targeting children', says UN human rights chief

Syrian authorities are deliberately and systematically targeting children, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has told the BBC.

Ms Pillay said:

This is one of the shocking developments...They've gone for the children for whatever purpose in large numbers, hundreds detained and tortured...

It's just horrendous....it seems to be systematic and targeted, what troubles me now is that we don't have access to these children."

'Assad emails' shed light on Syria regime

The emails appear to show that Assad took advice from Iran on how to handle protests against his rule Credit: Reuters

The Guardian is reporting that leaked emails from Syria's President Assad have given an insight into the running of the secretive regime.

Highlights include:

Assad took advice from Iran on how to handle the protests against his rule.

He swaps internet links on his iPad and downloads music from iTunes.

Assad made light of reforms he had promised in an attempt to defuse the crisis, referring to "rubbish laws of parties, elections, media".

The president's wife spent thousands of dollars over the internet on designer goods and a fondue set.

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