Pressure is gradually building on Syrian Assad regime, from Turkey, European and US sanctions and now Report from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights before UN Security Council that could bring in the International Criminal Court.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay presented the findings of a report to the Security Council today (18 August) which indicates that the Syrian Government’s attacks against its own people may amount to crimes against humanity and warrant an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Pillay told reports outside the Council that the report provided “a very useful basis to place reliable and corroborated evidence before the Security Council” on what she termed “widespread and systematic violations of human rights.”

The Report of the Fact-finding Mission on Syria was produced by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in response to a request by the UN Human Rights Council.

The High Commissioner said that “without exception, every member of the Security Council condemned the violence against civilians and said that this must stop immediately” adding that members “were looking forward to the implementation” of a reforms package announced by the Syrian Government.

She said that if a Commission of Inquiry is allowed into Syria they “will certainly provide an objective assessment of the implementation of the reform package” and noted that “abuses and human rights violations going-on on the ground undermine the proclaimed reform package.”

The report found a pattern of human rights violations that constitutes widespread or systematic attacks against the civilian population, which may amount to crimes against humanity, stating that it covers events from 15 March to 15 July.

The violations include murder, enforced disappearances, torture, deprivation of liberty, and persecution.

As many as 2,000 Syrians have been killed in the past five months since the start of the pro-democracy protests, which are part of a broader uprising across North Africa and the Middle East that has led to the toppling of long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and conflict in Libya.


Language: English

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 2:00 mins

Country: Syrian Arab Republic


  • Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)


  • Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)