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UN: Crimes against humanity continue in Syria

UN rights chief says crimes against humanity continue in Syria and must not go unpunished By The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' The U.N. human rights chief says the scale of abuses by the Syrian government indicate that crimes against humanity have taken place since last March and are continuing.

Navi Pillay told the General Assembly on Monday that credible reports indicate more than 5,400 people were killed last year, and that the number of dead and injured continues to rise every day.

She expressed serious concern that the deliberate stirring of sectarian tensions may plunge Syria into civil war.

Pillay accused the Syrian government of using the Security Council's recent failure to condemn its crackdown on protesters "to crush dissent with overwhelming force." She echoed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's warning that council inaction must not be used as a license to kill.

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