The Independent
October 14, 2011

The UN’s top human rights official has urged the international community to take “immediate measures” to protect civilians in Syria as the death toll from the anti-government unrest rose above 3,000.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that the crackdown by the government of President Bashar Assad could worsen unless further action is taken.

“The onus is on all members of the international community to tale protective action in a collective and decisive manner, before the continual ruthless repression and killings drive the country into a full-blown civil war,” Ms Pillay said in a statement.

She did not say what measures the international community could take beyond the sanctions already imposed on Mr Assad’s regime.

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