UN warns of escalating human rights violations across Middle East



May 14, 2011
New York (AMIPS) - United Nations human rights officials warned Friday about the escalating human rights violations in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, where governments ignored the ongoing protests for greater democracy and reform.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said it has received reports that the Bab Amr residential district of the Syrian city of Homs was shelled on Wednesday and that many opposition leaders and activists have been across the country.
Figures issued by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) indicate that between 700 and 850 people have been killed since the demonstrations began in mid-March, and that thousands more have been arrested.
The UN Human Rights Council has ordered a fact-finding mission to Syria to assess the situation on the ground, and Mr. Colville said OHCHR was in contact with the Government to obtain their full cooperation.
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