Pillay reiterated her call for Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court “in the face of the unspeakable violations that take place every moment.” “More than at any other time, those committing atrocities in Syria have to understand that the international community will not stand by and watch this carnage and that their decisions and the actions they take today ultimately will not go unpunished,” she said. Members of the council are expected to pass a resolution Tuesday condemning “widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities.” A draft resolution supported by many Arab and Western nations says the regime’s use of heavy artillery and tanks to attack civilian areas has contributed to the deaths of thousands of people since March.

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