A study carried out by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has found that more than 60,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria since March 2011. According to the report, the average number of deaths per month has increased significantly since the summer of 2011, where the average was approximately 1,000 deaths per month, to an average of 5,000 deaths per month since July 2012. However, the study noted that 60,000 is likely an underestimate and that the actual toll may be significantly higher. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated that “the number of casualties is higher than expected, and is truly shocking.” While cautioning that the figure is not “definitive,” she said the report is the “most detailed and wide-ranging to date.”
Pillay noted that both sides have “most probably” committed crimes against humanity and that the “increasingly sectarian” nature of the conflict will make any resolution difficult to achieve. She also called upon the international community to prepare for the “inevitable instability” that will take place once the conflict ends.
From Jurist, Jan. 2. Used with permission.