UN rights chief deplores crackdown on Syria town

AP News
Posted: Jun 09, 2011 5:07 AM

The U.N.'s top human rights official has accused Syria of trying to "bludgeon its population into submission" by attacking anti-government protesters with snipers, tanks and artillery.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says her office has received reports that over 1,100 men, women and children have been killed since protests began in March and some 10,000 people have been detained.

Her statement Thursday described the recent torture and killing of a 13-year-old boy by local security forces as "emblematic of the moral and legal bankruptcy of the apparent policy of crushing dissent by all available means. "

She urged neighboring countries such as Turkey to keep their borders open for refugees fleeing Syria.