UN report charges al-Assad regime with crimes against humanity—Obama’s debacle in Syria — Update #75 (August 15)

The UN Commission of Inquiry has just filed an updated report on the atrocities in Syria, finding the government has committed the wide-scale and planned commission of crimes against humanity, and also finding the rebels have committed war crimes.

See the following news reports and a link to the report itself:

Luke Harding, Julian Borger and agencies (Damascus), “Houla killings: UN blames Syria troops and militia; UN report says Syria government forces and Shabiha fighters have carried out war crimes and violated human rights,” The Guardian, August 15, 2012 (13:56 EDT).

Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters/Geneva), “Syrian government forces, rebels committing war crimes: U.N;” Reuters, August 15, 2012 (2:40 p.m. EDT).

Nargiza Ryskulova, and agencies, “Syria: war crimes committed by regime in Houla, UN finds The Syrian army and allied Shabiha militia have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder and torture, United Nations human rights investigators have concluded,” The Telegraph, August 15, 2012 (3:42 BST).

“Syrian Government and opposition forces responsible for war crimes – UN panel,” UN News Centre, August 15, 2012.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “Syrian Government forces and anti-Government groups responsible for war crimes:
UN Commission of Inquiry, News Release, August 15, 2012.

Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, U.N. Doc. C/A/HR21/50, August 15, 2012 (text of the report). The link to the report is found in the “Documents” section of the page.

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