UN rights chief reprehends Syria abuses under Assad's regime

UN rights chief reprehends Syria abuses under Assad's regimeUnited Nations Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein condemned the Syrian authorities on Tuesday, in a speech listing human rights abuses around the world, Reuters.

Speaking at an opening of a three-week session of the UN Human Rights Council, Zeid said Syria was one of five countries that routinely refused to cooperate with human rights investigators.

Zeid said: "This is a state led by a medical doctor and yet is believed to have gassed its own people; has attacked hospitals and bombed civilian neighborhoods with indiscriminate explosive weapons; and maintains tens of thousands of detainees in inhuman conditions."

"Words cannot convey how profoundly I condemn this situation," he added.

The other countries condemned are Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea, and Iran, including Israel for refusing to cooperate in terms of access to occupied Palestinian territory, according to UN Human Rights Commissioner.

Venezuela was also in the list refusing to grant Zeid's staff visas to enter the country.

"States may shut my office out – but they will not shut us up; neither will they blind us. If access is refused us, we will assume the worst, and yet do our utmost to nonetheless report as accurately as we can on serious allegations," UN Human Rights Commissioner stressed.
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