U.N. human rights body decries Syrian genocide

By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Published: June 2, 2012
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BEIRUT — The U.N.’s top human rights body voted overwhelmingly Friday to condemn Syria over the slaughter of more than 100 civilians last week, but Damascus appeared impervious to the crescendo of global condemnation following a string of horrific massacres.

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Activists say as many as 13,000 people have died in Syrian President Bashar Assad’s crackdown against the anti-government uprising, which began in March 2011 amid other Arab nation uprisings. One year after the revolt began, the U.N. put the toll at 9,000, but many hundreds more have died since.

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