UN rights chief calls for international action in Syria Daniel Mullen at 1:19 PM ET
[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] called upon the international community [press release] on Friday to find a solution to the conflict in Syria and ensure that those responsible for human rights violations are held accountable. Pillay's urging came after a series of massacres [NYT report] were carried out against civilians, including young children, in al-Bayda and other areas over the past week. Pillay also voiced concern about the military build-up of government troops in western Syria and stated her view that the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] should handle claims of war crimes by the Syrian government. Pillay welcomed the recent cooperation between the US and Russia [BBC report] regarding the conflict but emphasized that the international community "needs a much greater sense of urgency" when it comes to ending the conflict. Pillay's statement comes on the same day that Turkey claims it has evidence that Syria used chemical weapons [BBC report], something US President Barack Obama [official profile] previously called a "red line" for intervention.
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