The Council of Human Rights UN condemns violence in Syria
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The Council of Human Rights UN condemns violence in Syria

Aleppo : Syria | Mar 01, 2012 at 2:52 AM PST
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UN human rights chief urges General Assembly to act now to protect Syrians

The Council of Human Rights of the UN adopted, Thursday, March 1, the resolution condemning "violations increasingly grave human rights" in Syria and calling on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to allow an "unfettered access" to the UN and humanitarian agencies.

The 47-member Council of Human Rights conducted at the request of Russia, to vote the draft resolution which was adopted by 37 votes in favor, 3 against (Russia, China and Cuba). In addition, three countries abstained (Ecuador, India, Philippines). Four countries have not taken sides in the vote. The Syrian ambassador to the UN mission in Geneva was boycotted the debates launched Tuesday.

The text, entitled "Violations increasingly grave human rights and worsening humanitarian situation in Syria," was proposed earlier this week by Qatar and Turkey and then co-signed by some sixty countries, some are not Board members.

The resolution condemns "the widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities." These violations include the bombing of residential neighborhoods that have killed "thousands of innocent civilians," summary executions, murder and persecution of protesters and the death of Syrian journalists and foreigners.

The worsening humanitarian situation in Syria has dominated the debate this week in Geneva to the Council of Human Rights, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, demanding a "cease-fire immediate humanitarian" Syria and reports of a "rapid deterioration of human rights" since February 13. Some 7,500 people were killed in Syria since the start of the crackdown in March 2011, the UN says.

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Syrian ambassador Hamoui arrives at UN Human Rights Council for the emergency debate on human rights and humanitarian situation in Syria in Geneva
Nazish Fatima is based in Rāwalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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