UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville
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UN says Syria abuses may be crimes against humanity

United Nations investigators have said that the Syrian government's violent crackdown against protesters may amount to crimes against humanity.

In a report, the UN team said it had found a pattern of human rights violations that constituted widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population.

Nearly 2,000 people are believed to have been killed and tens of thousands have been arrested since a popular uprising began in March.

UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said that it was possible that the Security Council would now refer the matter to the International Criminal Court.

  • 18 Aug 2011
  • From the section Africa