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Experts from human rights organizations in Britain will prepare a report based mainly on the testimonies of the refugees staying in the camps. REUTERS photo

Experts from human rights organizations in Britain will prepare a report based mainly on the testimonies of the refugees staying in the camps. REUTERS photo

İpek Yezdani İpek Yezdani ipek.yezdani@hurriyet.com.tr

Britain is to send human rights experts to Syrian refugee camps in Hatay in the coming days, in order to document the human rights violations in Syria and gather evidence of crimes.

“These efforts are part a possible future prospect of bringing people who commit crimes against humanity to trial,” a British diplomat told Hürriyet Daily News. Experts from human rights organizations in Britain will prepare a report based mainly on the testimonies of the refugees staying in the camps. The report will be shared with the international community after it is concluded.

“In the past few months, Britain has commissioned experts to travel to the refugee camps in the region to document the evidence of crimes committed by the Syrian regime,” the British diplomat said. The experts will work with human rights NGOs already carrying out such work on the ground. If other countries do the same kind of work in the coming weeks, these reports may be brought together in order create a broader report of the situation in Syria, he added.

Syria has been gripped by nationwide protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government for almost a year. Opposition groups say more than 7,000 civilians have died so far in the struggle.

February/15/2012

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