UN condemns Syrian attacks on children
The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner has accused the Assad regime of “systematic and targeted” attacks on children.
In an interview with the BBC, Navi Pillay said hundreds of children had been detained and tortured and warned President Assad would be held to account for his actions in Syria, saying the crimes were such that they must have involved “approval or complicity at the highest level”.
Ms Pillay’s words come after the US called on President Assad to take “immediate actions” to prove his commitment to peace in Syria, after the ruling regime said it was backing Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sceptical about the move, saying Mr Assad had a “history of over-promising and under-delivering”.
Her comments mirror those of her British counterpart William Hague, who yesterday warned the Assad regime would be judged by “its actions, not by its words”.