MH 17 downing a possible war crime: UN rights chief

Updated - November 16, 2021 06:51 pm IST

Published - July 28, 2014 03:06 pm IST - Geneva

The U.N.’s top human rights official says the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says a thorough investigation is needed into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface—to—air missile over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro—Russian separatists on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.

U.S. and Ukrainian officials say it was shot down by a missile from rebel territory, most likely by mistake.

Pillay’s comments coincided with a new report Monday by her office that says at least 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 wounded in Ukraine’s fighting as of Saturday, and more than 100,000 have fled the violence since April.

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