UN Panel Identifies War Criminals in Syria

(New York Times) Nick Cumming-Bruce - Both those fighting for and against the Syrian government are terrorizing the country's civilian population, a panel of investigators told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday in their seventh report on Syria. Paulo S. Pinheiro, the panel's chairman, said the directors of Syrian intelligence agencies and detention centers using torture are on a "perpetrators list" that identifies individuals and organizations responsible for war crimes. Also on the list are military commanders, armed groups that have targeted civilians, and airports from which "barrel bomb" attacks have been planned and launched. The panel also said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a group linked to al-Qaeda, had summarily executed prisoners, including civilians and combatants of rival rebel groups.

2014-03-20 00:00:00

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