Navi Pillay, United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights
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UN's Navi Pillay: Syria authorities 'target children'

28 March 2012 Last updated at 16:20 BST

Syrian authorities are systematically detaining and torturing children, the United Nations' human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has told the BBC.

Ms Pillay said President Bashar al-Assad could end the detentions and stop the killing of civilians immediately, simply by issuing an order.

Syria has accepted a peace plan, amid scepticism about its intentions. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said President Assad would be judged by events.

The BBC's James Robbins reports.