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Warring parties in Syria routinely target civilians, Vatican envoy tells UN forum

March 15, 2016

A Vatican spokesman, addressing UN officials in Geneva, said that it is "urgent" to deliver humanitarian aid to non-combatants in Syria, saying that civilians are victims of "crimes against humanity."

"Crimes against humanity are frequent and unpunished; intentional attacks against the civilian popular are daily," Msgr. Richard Gyhra told the UN Human Rights Council. 

To counteract the "endless human tragedy," Msgr. Gyhra said that all parties should be involved in peace talks, and international leaders should take steps to ensure that relief reaches those in need. He argued that respect for the human rights of all-- especially minorities-- would be the key to achieving a sustainable peace. 


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