A new UN report warns that the conflict in Syria is becoming increasingly sectarian. Sunni fighters from abroad are not intrested in promoting human rights or democracy.
The UN refugee agency has said the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon now exceeds one million, leaving the small host country’s resources depleted and at a "breaking point." Half of the refugees are children.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has warned religious hatred in the Central African Republic is at an all time high. She also questioned the response from the international community to the atrocities.
The UN has for the first time accused Syrian rebel fighters of committing crimes against humanity. The body has also criticized the government's use of siege warfare, and blamed the international community for inaction.
The number of children affected by Syria's civil war has more than doubled in the last year, according to a UNICEF report. Child casualty rates are the highest of any recent conflict in the region.
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