Assad regime committed war crimes, new evidence says

Members of a United Nation’s fact-finding team has found “massive evidence” pointing to the involvement of high-ranking Syrian officials in war crimes, a U.N. human rights chief said Monday.

While President Bashar al-Assad was not named as having a direct involvement, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria has hinted that Assad was, in fact, involved. The list, which is still confidential, will not be released until a formal international investigation is conducted.

Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said rebels have also committed war crimes. She said more than 100,000 deaths are from unlawful weapons, though she does not believe chemical weapons to be a large factor.

Pillay is calling on member states of the U.N. to refer the report to the International Criminal Court, a move that may be blocked by Russia and China.

A member of the Free Syrian Army tries to save a fellow fighter's life. Image courtesy of FreedomHouse

A member of the Free Syrian Army tries to save a fellow fighter’s life. Image courtesy of FreedomHouse

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