On October 11, 2011, according to a report by the UN Human Rights Council, Syria rejected a call to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report also expressed numerous recommendations to Syria on addressing the human rights concerns in the country. Syria responded that the majority of the violence in the country was related to various outside influences rather than the direct actions of the government. In an attempt to minimize anti-government protests, approximately 3,000 civilians were killed between March and October 2011 under President Bashar al-Assad. There have been several investigations and reports by UN entities that have highlighted the ongoing human rights issues in Syria.
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Learn more about human rights in Syria from the JURIST news archive, and read an overview of the International Criminal Court in Features.
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