Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/25/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

United Nations human rights investigation says that Syria had 'manifestly failed' to protect its own people

A United Nations human rights investigation has found Syria has "manifestly failed" to protect its civilian population. Prepared by the U.N.-appointed Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, the report comes at a time when deadly violence continues across the country.

It is believed the list could go as high as Syrian President Bashar al Assad whose security crackdown has left an estimated 8,000 people dead since protests erupted against his government in March of last year.

It is believed the list could go as high as Syrian President Bashar al Assad whose security crackdown has left an estimated 8,000 people dead since protests erupted against his government in March of last year.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/25/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syria, war crimes, United Nations, tribunal, crimes against humanity


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The U.N. panel says that it has submitted a list of Syrian military and political officials suspected of crimes against humanity.

It is believed the list could go as high as Syrian President Bashar al Assad whose security crackdown has left an estimated 8,000 people dead since protests erupted against his government in March of last year.

Commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council, the report lists numerous atrocities, including the shooting and killing of civilians, shelling residential areas and torturing wounded protesters in hospital.

The report also accuses the opposition of carrying out murder, torture and abductions, but says those were "not comparable in scale and organization to those carried out by the state."

The investigators have deposited with the High Commissioner [for Human Rights] a comprehensive database containing all evidence collected," the panel said.

"Consistent with its mandate, the commission endeavored, where possible, to identify those responsible with a view to ensuring that perpetrators of violations, including those that may constitute crimes against humanity, are held accountable."

The commission recommends the initiation of an inclusive political dialogue, bringing together the government and opposition groups. Both sides should "negotiate an end to the violence, to ensure respect for human rights and to address the legitimate demands of the Syrian people," it said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was reported to have discussed the "unified humanitarian proposal" with counterparts on the sidelines of an international conference on Somalia in London.

A U.S. administration official, speaking on conditions of anonymity said that the proposal would be discussed in the Friends of Syria meeting to be held in the Tunisian capital this week.

The Friends of Syria group brings together the U.S., its European allies and Arab states working to end the turmoil in the country.

"I think one of the things you are going to see coming out of the meeting tomorrow are concrete proposals" on the supply of aid "within days,"  the U.S. official said.

"The challenge is on the Syrian regime to respond to this."

The Tunis meeting will be the group's first since it was created in response to a joint veto by China and Russia of a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Assad's crackdown.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Middle East

Justice for Kayla Mueller?: Umm Sayyaf tried in U.S. Watch

Image of Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped and tortured during her time as an ISIS captive (Kayla Jean Mueller/Google+).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as Umm Sayyaf, teamed up with her husband, Abu Sayyaf, to hold several women captive for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the man guilty of repeatedly raping and torturing U.S. relief worker Kayla Mueller. Since al-Baghdadi's death, Bahar ... continue reading


ISIS sex slaves fight back: Female troupe set to attack terrorist organization Watch

Image of Xate Shingali [not pictured] leads the group despite being a famous Iraqi singer.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It is no secret that ISIS has a habit of raping and murdering their way across the Middle East in their twisted pursuit of eradicating all non-Muslims, but what happens to the sex slaves who escape? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Apparently, escaped Yazidi sex ... continue reading


Iran raises eyebrows with mystery construction Watch

Image of Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has remained silent about the military site construction (Wikipedia).

By Thomas Heed (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Satellite images reveal Iran's top-secret Parchin military complex has undergone quite the makeover between 2010 and 2016. The construction raises concerns about the nuclear deal and whether Iran has decided to cheat - or not. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - New ... continue reading


Two members of Jihadi John's 'ISIS Beatles' finally identified Watch

Image of Thirty-two-year-old Alexanda Kotey, along with Aine Davis, both attended the same mosque as Mohammed Emwazi, aka

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Two members of Jihadi John's infamous "ISIS Beatles," have been identified. Alexanda Kotey and Aine Davis, both from the United Kingdom have been named in connection with the believed deceased Jihadi John's special terror group. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


'Dam will burst' if West does not come to aid of Syrian refugees, King of Jordan warns Watch

Image of At least 80,000 Syrian refugees are now stationed at the Al Zaatari refugee camp. The camp only has the capacity for 60,000 people (Reuters).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

King Abdullah of Jordan says waves of Syrian refugees into his nation have placed an overwhelming strain on his country's health care and education systems. The king says that his country is at a breaking point and that help must arrive before the "dam bursts." ... continue reading


ISIS COWARD! Suicide belt bomb maker confesses he would NEVER wear one Watch

Image of Twenty-two-year-old Jasim Mohammed Atti'ya is under arrest for his role in the attack on a government building in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq in November of last year (Fox News).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

While he makes them - he freely confesses he would never use one - to forfeit his life for the "cause" of the Islamic State. That is the confession of an incarcerated suspect believed involved in a terrorist attack. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


ENGLISH-speaking young boy featured in ISIS' latest horror beheading video Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

ISIS has released another gruesome beheading video, but this time the executioner is an English-speaking young boy. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The young boy, who's identity and ethnicity has not been determined, is featured directly threating the United ... continue reading


Disabled jihadi executes 'spy' in new horrific ISIS images Watch

Image of ISIS releases images of three more murders (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

ISIS has released several images depicting the crucifixion of one of three accused spies in Libya. Despite the obvious gore and lack of humanity, one executioner is shown in a wheelchair. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The images were released by propaganda group ... continue reading


Russia in cahoots with ISIS? Russian airstrikes target civilian oil facilities Watch

Image of Russia allegedly aiding Assad and ISIS by targeting civilian oil facilities (EPA).

By Thomas Heed (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Humanitarian group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RIBSS) has stepped forward with claims that Russia's airstrikes have turned to civilian oil facilities that have no links to ISIS. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Daily Mail reported RIBSS' claims came ... continue reading


LOST GENERATION: Scores of Kosovo men, women leave to join fight with ISIS Watch

Image of Kosovo women usually join Islamic State to follow their radicalized husbands (Reuters).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Yong men - and many young women, seduced by the lies promised by the Islamic State, have left their native Kosovo to join the terrorist organization. Parents are left with unanswered questions. Statistically, 300 men and 36 women have left the mostly Muslim country of ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • 10 important things to consider during Lent
  • Take this thought provoking Stations of the Cross survey
  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • Stations of the Cross - Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother HD Video
  • St. Scholastica: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • Palm Sunday HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 2:12-18
12 'But now -- declares Yahweh- come back to me with all your heart, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
1 'Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Corinthians 5:20--6:2
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 10th, 2016 Image

St. Scholastica
February 10: St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, ... Read More