- The Independent International Commission of Inquiry dealing with Syria has issued a report to the Human Rights Council on gross human rights violations that have taken place there since this March. The Commission said that gross violations continue unabated in an increasingly militarized context, despite the parties to the conflict having reached agreement on the Joint Special Envoy’s “six-point plan”.
- It adds that most of the serious human rights violations were committed by the Syrian army and security services. Despite the human rights imperative to employ lethal force only as a last resort to protect life, the Commission says, state security forces continued to use lethal force against anti-government demonstrations in many parts of the country.
- The Commission has also received multiple reports of extra-judicial executions of members of the army and security forces, as well as suspected informers or collaborators captured by anti-government armed groups.
- The Commission conducted 214 interviews since its last report, adding that it was able to obtain first-hand confirmation of 207 deaths.
- Asked when the Secretary-General’s report on Syria will go to the Security Council, the Spokesperson said that the Council will receive the report before its consultations on the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, which is scheduled for 30 May.