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UN rights chief blames most crimes on Syrian gov't
UN rights chief says Syrian government's atrocities 'far outweigh' offenses by rebels
By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN
Associated Press
2014-04-09 03:01 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. human rights chief says that atrocities by the Syrian government "far outweigh" crimes by the opposition fighters and Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is "mostly responsible" for the human rights offenses in the country's three-year civil war.

Navi Pillay repeated her contention that both sides' abuses should be documented and brought to the International Criminal Court, "but you cannot compare the two. Clearly the actions of the forces of the government far outweigh the violations -- killings, cruelty, persons in detention, disappearances, far outweigh" those by the opposition.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke to the media after briefing the U.N. Security Council.

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said her comments were "part of an orchestrated pressure campaign" against Syria.

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