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New York UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has hailed the trial and conviction in Germany of a Syrian former intelligence officer accused of crimes against humanity. “It is a landmark leap forward in the pursuit of truth, justice and reparations for the serious human rights violations perpetrated in Syria over more than a decade,” she said. “Today’s verdict should serve to spur forward all efforts to widen the net of accountability for all perpetrators of the unspeakable crimes that have characterised this brutal conflict.” “This is a clear example of how national courts can and should fill accountability gaps for such crimes wherever they were committed, through fair and independent investigations and trials carried out in line with international human rights laws and standards,” Bachelet said. (DPA)
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