Tuesday, February 09, 2016

What Anne Barnard left out from the UN report on Syria

"The wrangling was juxtaposed uneasily with the release of a report by the four-member United Nations Commission of Inquiry, which diplomats view as an authoritative record of human rights developments in Syria, saying that the government of Mr. Assad had mounted a “systematic and widespread attack” on civilians.  The panel cited the arrests of tens of thousands of people who had been sent to interrogation centers and prisons, where many were tortured to death or left to die of their injuries, as part of a broader campaign of “murder, rape or other forms of sexual violence, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and other inhuman acts.”"  She left out, of course, that Syrian rebels were also accused of war crimes. How dishonest and unprofessional this is.