Number of victims rises in Syria conflict

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) commissioned a study on the number of casualties of the Syria conflict. Experts have come to shocking conclusions.

According to their findings, at least 60,000 people lost their lives between the outbreak of unrest in March 2011 and the end of November 2012. This figure was arrived at by compiling various lists of victims and includes persons whose names, date and place of death are known.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay fears that the actual number of victims is even higher since the circumstances under which people died could not be clarified in every case. Moreover, OHCHR staff are not allowed to travel to Syria for fact-finding purposes.

“When peace comes to Syria, further investigations will be necessary in order to establish just how many people died and who is responsible for the crimes,” Pillay said in Geneva on 2 January.

Last updated 03.01.2013

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