Conflict & Justice

UN Condemns Syria 'Atrocities'


People gather at a mass burial for the victims purportedly killed during an artillery barrage from Syrian forces in Houla. (Photo: REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout)

Last week's killing of more than 100 civilians at Houla in Syria may amount to crimes against humanity, the UN high commissioner for human rights has said.

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Navi Pillay urged the international community to "make all efforts to end impunity" and "ensure accountability for perpetrators" of such "atrocities".

Pillay was addressing an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Earlier, opposition activists said there had been another mass killing of civilians by pro-government militiamen.

Anchor Aaron Schachter talks with Guardian correspondent Martin Chulov who has reported from the Middle East since 2005.