Brutality of crackdown in Libya, Syria 'shocking': Pillay

30th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

UN rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday slammed the brutality of a crackdown on protestors by government forces in Libya and Syria, saying the actions were shocking in their disregard for human rights.

"The brutality and magnitude of measures taken by the governments in Libya and now Syria have been particularly shocking in their outright disregard for basic human rights," Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council.

More than 1,000 people have been killed and 10,000 others arrested since the revolt began in Syria, rights groups said.

On Sunday, Syrian security forces shot dead seven people and wounded more than 100 in and around Talbisa and Rastan, according to an activist.

© 2011 AFP

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