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UN claims evidence of war crimes by Syrian President Assad

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syria demonstration (wikimedia)
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The United Nations human rights chief says the agency has found evidence of crimes against humanity authorized by the Syrian government, according to a new BBC report. The UN had already reported evidence of human rights abuses by Syrian rebels and many rumors had suggested the regime forces would also be implicated, but this is the first official word from the office.

Speaking to the BBC, human rights commissioner Navi Pillay said the inquiry had produced "massive evidence [of] very serious crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity." Pillay also specifically implicated President Bashir al-Assad in the crimes, raising the possibility of a war crimes tribunal in the future. Still, the implications of report remain unclear, as chemical weapons groups confirm the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.