UN advocate Angelina Jolie slams big powers as Syria war turns seven



GENEVA (dpa) - Powerful countries have stood by while the Syrian people have been bombed, gassed, besieged, starved, tortured and displaced, Angelina Jolie said on Thursday, commemorating the conflict's seventh anniversary.
"After seven years of war and atrocities we are beyond excuses," said the US actress, who serves as special envoy of the Geneva-based UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).



"The Syrian refugees I have met are tired of empty promises and sympathetic statements, and rightly so," she added.
Calling the international community's inaction "inhumane," she urged the UN Security Council not only to push for a truce and for peace talks, but also to bring the war criminals of the Syrian conflict to justice.
The Security Council has not launched proceedings at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The top UN body includes Russia, whose military backs the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the United States, which has sided with opposition rebels.
The war has forced 6.1 million people to flee their homes within Syria, while 5.6 million people have fled abroad, according to the UNHCR.
Some 1.5 million people have suffered permanent physical or psychological injuries, according to the UN Children's Fund.
More than 350,000 people have been killed, including 106,000 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
These figures do not include some 45,000 who are believed to have died in government jails and another 100,000 who are missing.
The Britain-based watchdog has been documenting violence in Syria through activists on the ground since anti-government protests began in March 2011.
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Friday, March 16th 2018
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