UN panel found that both sides of Syrian conflict violated human rights

On May 24, 2012, a UN-appointed group of human rights experts reported that both the Syrian government and opposition were guilty of human rights violations in the ongoing conflict. The three-member panel, dubbed the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, found that both sides were responsible for killing opponents, torturing children as young as ten and committing other acts that violated basic human rights. The report primarily blamed Syrian authorities for the violations, but also found some violations within the opposition. In May 2013, the UN adopted a resolution that called for a political transition in Syria in response to the rising death toll and widespread human rights violations in the country.

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