August 18th, 2011
09:50 AM ET

U.N. panel: Possible crimes against humanity in Syria

A U.N. fact-finding mission announced Thursday it has found Syria guilty of human rights violations in its months-long crackdown on protesters, and that it may be time for the International Criminal Court to be involved.

"The mission found a pattern of human rights violations that constitutes widespread or systematic attacks against the civilian population, which may amount to crimes against humanity," the Fact-Finding Mission on Syria wrote in its report.

The violations include murder and disappearances, torture, deprivation of liberty, and persecution, the mission said.

The commission called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to urge the U.N. Security Council to "address in the strongest terms the killing of peaceful protesters and other civilians in Syria through the use of excessive force and other grave human rights violations; to call for an immediate cessation of attacks against the civilian population; and to consider referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court."

The Security Council is to be briefed Thursday by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay; Valerie Amos, under-secretary-general of humanitarian affairs and emergency relief efforts; and a U.N. political officer. The meeting is not expected to result in issuance of a statement or adoption of a resolution; its purpose is to get the 15-member council closer to a decision on how to proceed.

The U.N. Human Rights Council is also holding a special session Monday on Syria, according to Cedric Sepe, press officer at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He said member states have called for the session, in Geneva, Switzerland. The session may extend into Tuesday, he said.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    As always, these mindless Tea Partiers never fail to post their senseless, meaningless comments such as those above. Equally ridiculous is the fact that they're going to put Bashir al-Assad on trial while our own President Barack Obama has far more blood on his hands than Assad ever thought of! How ludicrous can you get?!?!?!

    August 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    As always, these mindless liberals never fail to post their senseless, meaningless comments such as those above. Equally ridiculous is the fact that they’re not going to put Bashir al-Assad on trial while our own President Barack Obama is trying to put our country in order!!! How ludicrous can you get?!?!?!

    August 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Sorry folks, the above post(7:53) was only a parody without a word of truth in it. I'm just a Tea Partier here trying to get a laugh out of life any way I can. My apologies to the true RUFFNUTT(7:39) for telling the truth about that good-for-nothing Obama! After all, he's the one who needs to step down, not al-Assad!!!

      August 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lyndsie Graham

    Good post RUFFNUTT 7:23,thank you.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey Graham

      Exactly where is RUFFNUTT's 7:23 post anyway? I can't find it anywhere. Besides, I wish that you'd quit using my name here but as a Tea Partier, you'd consider that as asking too much, wouldn't you?

      August 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey Graham

      By the way jerk, if you're going to use my name to post your jokes here, at least spell it right, will you?

      August 19, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. George Patton

    Good post,RUFFNUTT 7:23. You've said it all.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Don't feel bad, George. They do it to me, too. At least, one of my trolls has the decency to put an encircled c after his name so as not to confuse his name with mine. Most others don't!!! That goes for you too, Lyndsie and RUFFNUTT as we'll all have this to live with!!!

      August 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The World Court

    No wonder Uncle Sam dropped his long-standing membership as a founding member of The World Court. People there think that international justice is a joke, as demonstrated above.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Quite right, The World Court. In fact, the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague is the greatest farce ever perpetrated i the annals of mankind. By the way, the post #7:39 is mine as the others were made by mindless Tea Partiers trying to be funny here! Do try to ignore them if you can!

      August 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ICC vs. Blackwater and Associates

    Where'd they go? Anyone seen Blackwater around lately? It's hard to prosecute something that went Poof!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Israeli MOSSAD recruits 50K mercenaries...

    ...to help Gadhaffi quell the NATO-backed rebellion. The ICC claims criminal activity. The US and Israel claim immunity from prosecution. Same ol' same ol'.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Quite right, Israeli MOSSAD recruits 60K mercenaries... I couldn't agree more!

      August 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    The banskters and fascist politicians, Dems and Reps both, that have been raping the American citizens silly are the ones that belong before the Hague for crimes against humanity...especially that evil incarnate Blankfein claiming to be doing God's work...I didn't know God wanted the middle class decimated and robbed of hteir life's savings and work!

    August 19, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey Graham

      Thank you, Dave. I couldn't agree more!

      August 19, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Massive Marbles

    al-Assad, your rule and cruelty are a stain on the pages of history.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      And so are those of Barack Obama and George W. Bush if you hadn't noticed. These two have far more blood on their hands than both Bashar al Assad and Mohammar Qadaffy combined.

      August 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff M

    Really? This is what I get when I check "comments"? Looks like all of them are self serving , self advertising comments that have nothing tio do with the story . How sad.

    August 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • C Castine

      yeah, i was pretty disappointed to read these comments. comparing u.s. presidents to a leader performing military operations on his own people is very misguided. the important issue here is the syrian people's rights. we have problems, but are coddled babies compared to some parts of the world.

      August 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jacques

    I'm pretty sure nothing will be done. Arabs do not care if their own kind are being slaughtered unless it is by the West or Israel.

    November 11, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
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