UN human rights chief criticizes rights violations in Syria Theresa Donovan at 3:54 PM ET
[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] at the opening of the spring session of the UN’s Human Rights Council on Monday spoke against [press release] continued war crimes and crimes against humanity occurring in Syria. Pillay expressed concern [CNN report] regarding reports that describe the slaying of entire Syrian families and shelling of communities, as well as the targeted strikes by Syrian armed forces on hospitals and schools. Pillay called for the international community to end [BBC report] what she has termed a "humanitarian disaster." In her opening speech, Pillay also recognized [Reuters report] President Obama's recent plan [JURIST report] to close Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], but stated that the treatment and transfer of detainees must conform to international human rights law.
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