UN expert: Attacks may be crime against humanity

PARIS: A United Nations human rights expert says the attacks in Paris “may constitute a crime against humanity.”


Karima Bennoune, a professor at the University of California-Davis School of Law appointed by the U.N. as an expert on cultural rights issues, said in a statement Tuesday that the claims of responsibility from the Islamic State demonstrate a “hateful worldview motivating this violence.”

She says the attacks “viciously and deliberately targeted sites of arts and leisure where people come together to enjoy their cultural rights.”

Bennoune says an attacker’s cry of “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” ”grossly misuses a religious pronouncement sacred to hundreds of millions of Muslim believers around the world.”