Allow fact finding team: UN rights body to Syria

United Nation`s top rights body asked Syria to stop attacking pro-democracy protesters and allow a fact finding team to assess the humanitarian situation in the country.

Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 00:46 AM IST

United Nations: United Nation`s top
rights body on Wednesday asked Syria to stop attacking pro-democracy
protesters and allow a fact finding team to assess the
humanitarian situation in the country.

"The alleged breaches of the most fundamental rights
on such a broad scale require thorough investigation and, with
respect to the perpetrators, full accountability," said a
report issued by the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva.

"The fact-finding mission mandated by the Human Rights
Council would contribute substantially toward these ends," it
said.

The UN High Commissioner for human rights, Navi
Pillay, has repeatedly called on Syrian authorities to stop
attacking civilians and allow for a fact finding team to
assess the humanitarian situation in the country.

"The High Commissioner thus renews her call to the
Government of the Syrian Arab Republic to grant the access
requested."

The report said that the UN has received information
indicating that Syrian security forces have perpetrated acts
of torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment against
persons detained in connection with the demonstrations,
resulting in deaths in custody in some cases.

The report said that information received indicated
arbitrary detentions have been carried out by the Syrian
authorities on a massive scale.

The report said that information received by the UN
depicts a pattern of violent repression against groups and
individuals throughout Syria, seeking to exercise their right
to assemble peacefully.

"In relation to the latter, reports of the Syrian
armed forces besieging entire towns such as Deraa are of
particular concern," it said.

"Reports also indicate that persons attempting to flee
such towns have been prevented from doing so by Syrian
security forces."

PTI