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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SYRIAN OPPRESSION: UN rights body demands Syria end violence!

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Associated Press / / Posted on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:11pm IST.

Geneva: The UN's top human rights body voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to demand that Syria end its bloody crackdown and cooperate with an international probe into possible crimes against humanity.

The UN Human Rights Council voted 33-4 to condemn the violence by Syrian authorities - strongly underscoring the growing isolation within the international community of President Bashar al-Assad - and dispatch a human rights team to probe alleged atrocities since March.

The countries voting in favor included all four Arab voting members of the council - Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Russia and China voted against, along with Cuba and Ecuador.

The remaining countries on the 47-nation council abstained or were absent.

In the face of sharp opposition from China, Russia and other nations deeply suspicious of international intervention in a country's affairs, the resolution was heavily edited - and somewhat watered down - from its original language. The title "Grave human rights violations" became, for example, "The human rights situation" in Syria.

But the resolution itself still had a bite. It said the council "strongly condemns the continued grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities, such as arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the killing and persecution of protesters and human rights defenders, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment of detainees, also of children."

It called on Syrian authorities to put an end to all human rights violations to protect their population and to fully comply with international human rights laws.

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