Syria’s military and security forces have committed crimes against humanity, including murder, torture and rape in their brutal crackdown on anti-regime protesters, U.N.-appointed investigators said on Monday.
The commission added that the government of President Bashar al-Assad bore responsibility for the crimes.
“The commission is gravely concerned that crimes against humanity have been committed in different locations in the Syrian Arab Republic during the period under review,” the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in its report, concluding that military and security forces were behind the acts.
“It calls upon the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic to put an immediate end to the ongoing gross human rights violations, to initiate independent and impartial investigations of these violations and to bring perpetrators to justice,” it wrote in its summary.
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