Crimes Against Humanity being committed in Syria, UN panel concluded

According to The New York Times, a United Nations evaluated the situation in Syria and concluded that “gross human rights violations” had been ordered by the Syrian government amounting to crimes against humanity.

The 72-page report that was published by the panel said that the Free Syrian Army also committed abuses, but those were not “comparable in scale and organization to those carried out by the state.”

The report continued by stating that Syria is “on the brink” of Civil War and that civilians had been tortured and killed.

“The continuation of the crisis carries the risk of radicalizing the population, deepening inter-communal tensions and eroding the fabric of society,” according to the report.

I could have told you that they were committing crimes against humanity (and the United Nations probably knew it, too). It was pretty obvious. But I am glad that it has officially been declared by the United Nations. Hopefully, this means that the people of Syria will not have to sit idly waiting to die for much longer. Hopefully, this means that the United Nations will take more aggressive actions other than having a non-binding solution.

Gross injustices have been carried out in Syria and it is about time that those who committed these crimes be held accountable so that the people of Syria can begin to pick up the pieces of their lives.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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