UN rights body to hold urgent meeting on Syria

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Posted: Feb 24, 2012 5:14 AM

The U.N.'s top human rights forum will hold an urgent meeting on Syria next week.

The president of the U.N. Human Rights Council says the 47-nation body will stage the emergency debate on Tuesday.

Laura Dupuy Lasserre spoke to reporters in Geneva on Friday.

The meeting will hear from a panel of U.N. rights experts who published a report Thursday concluding that Syrian government officials were responsible for "crimes against humanity" committed by security forces against opposition members.

The panel said it has compiled a confidential list of top level Syrian officials who could face prosecution over the atrocities.

The U.N. says at least 5,400 people have been killed in Syria since March, but activists say the number is likely much higher.