A Syrian photographer has defended pictures being displayed at the United Nations headquarters after the collection came under fire from the Syrian opposition representative to the U.N., the Associated Press reported.
The U.N. secretary-general’s spokesman had no immediate comment on the letter from Najib Ghadbian asking the U.N. to “correct this grave mistake.” A spokeswoman for Ghadbian, Katie Guzzi, said they had not had an official response from the U.N.
Ghadbian said the photos paint Syria’s government as a victim, not an aggressor.
The fighting in Syria that began with protests against Assad in 2011 has killed more than 200,000 people and forced millions to flee. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accused both the Syrian government forces and opposition forces of targeting civilians, though former U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay last year said atrocities by the Syrian government “far outweigh” crimes by opposition fighters.