Human rights chief Navi Pillay calls new figures based on aggregated sources ‘truly shocking’
New United Nations figures published on Wednesday suggest that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria’s 22-month conflict.
The toll is far higher than the figure of 45,000 given by activists opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad. Analysis of casualty statistics documented the intensification of the Syrian civil war, and showed that an average of 1,000 people were killed per month in the summer of 2011 and rose to an average of more than 5,000 per month since July 2012
The UN’s human rights office in Geneva said experts compared death reports from seven different sources including the government and came up with a list of 59,648 individuals killed between the start of the uprising on March 15, 2011, and November 30, 2012.
In each case, the victim’s first and last name, the date and the location of their death were known.
“Given there has been no let-up in the conflict since the end of November, we can assume that more than 60,000 people have been killed by the beginning of 2013,” UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement Wednesday.
“The number of casualties is much higher than we expected, and is truly shocking,” she said.
The Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition human rights group, reported that at least 151 Syrians were killed on Wednesday.