Statement by Ambassador Rice on the Second Report of the Syria Commission of Inquiry

The United States welcomes the second report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria and notes its indictment of the Assad regime’s comprehensive campaign of violence against the Syrian people. Among the report’s findings: the Syrian government has accelerated the killing of its people, particularly in Homs, resulting in the deaths of nearly 800 civilians in the first two weeks of February alone. Protestors have been arrested without cause, tortured, and summarily executed. Many of the dead are children.

The report vividly portrays the violence that has continued unabated for nearly a year at a breathtaking scale, in an environment of total impunity. We appreciate those who took great risks to contribute to the report.

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