Action urged to stop killing of civilians in Syria

8 February 2012

In Syria, the assault on the city of Homs is continuing.

In response, the United Nations human rights chief is calling on the international community to intervene to stop the bloodshed.

Navi Pillay says it’s urgent, as she put it, “to cut through the politics and take effective action to protect the Syrian population.”

Last Saturday, a Security Council resolution condemning the violence in Syria and calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down was vetoed by Russia and China.

According to reports, as many as 100 people have been killed in Wednesday’s offensive though the United Nations cannot verify these figures.

Patrick Maigua has been discussing the reaction of the UN human rights chief with her spokesman, Rupert Colville in Geneva.

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