UN inquiry finds evidence that implicates war crimes by AssadUpdated: 2013-12-03 PM 10:59:24 (KST)
The UN had in the past reported the Syrian government appeared to be responsible for the majority of human rights abuses in Syria during the near three-year civil war.
But on Monday, for the first time ever,.. it made a direct link between the war crimes and President Bashar al-Assad.
"They point to the fact that the evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level of government, including the head of state."
Pillay added that the scale and viciousness of the human-rights abuses in Syria almost defies belief.
The UN official said she had secret lists of suspects responsible for those violations, which she says cannot be revealed.
In hopes that those suspects will one day face trial at the International Criminal Court, Pillay urged world powers to make accountability for war crimes in Syria their top goal before they meet for Syria peace talks on January 22nd.
"Accountability should be a key priority of the international community and I want to make this point again and again as the Geneva 2 talks begin. And I reiterate my call to all member states to refer the situation to the ICC ."
The Syrian government was dismissive of Pillay's remarks, calling them "nonsense."
The report comes as the international community is once again reminded of the severity of the crisis in Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group, put the latest death toll at almost 126-thousand, a third of them civilians.
Emphasizing that the these numbers do not include 40-thousand or more deaths due to lack of documentation, the group urged the international community to increase their efforts to help end the conflict.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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