At a press conference in Colombo on 31 August 2013, United Nations high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay highlighted serious ongoing concerns, while recognising progress in some areas. Numerous people continue to be denied human rights, in part because so many others are in denial about abuses by state or rebel forces.
The videos and photos showing children suffering and dying in what appears to be a poison gas attack in a Damascus suburb shock the conscience and may serve as just cause for taking military action says Tobias L. Winright. However, when invoking the 'just war' tradition, as some have, directly and indirectly, other criteria must also be met for an intervention to be justified. They are not being so met.
Despite what may or may not be discovered by the UN Inspectors in Syria in the days to come, all the signs are that Obama and Cameron are not in any mood to pause, says Caroline Lucas MP. She sets out details of her own parliamentary motion on the subject, and issues a call to the Prime Minister to publish solid legal advice.