UN war crimes investigators seek access to Syria

The panel has drawn up a secret list of Syrians crime suspects that could be used for future criminal prosecution if the U.N. Security Council refers the conflict to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Reuters reports. The panel is also looking into new allegations that the Syrian armed forces has used cluster bombs in its fight to squash the 19-month-old uprising that has left 30,000 people dead.

"We are not a tribunal, we are not a criminal prosecution body,” Pinheiro added. 'What we do is to build evidence for future judicial initiatives in terms of making accountable those responsible for these violations.”