UN panel votes to condemn Syria regime

Third Committee adopts draft resolution condemning human rights violations committed against civilians

UN panel votes to condemn Syria regime

World Bulletin / News Desk

A United Nations General Assembly committee, responsible for humanitarian issues, adopted a draft resolution on Tuesday condemning the Syrian regime's violations of international law and continued attacks on civilian populated areas. 

The resolution, drafted by Saudi Arabia, obtained the support of 125 states against 13 others -- including staunch Assad allies such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Another 47 countries abstained from the vote.

The non-binding resolution says grave international humanitarian law violations were committed against civilians since the beginning of peaceful protests in 2011.

These include the use of barrel and vacuum bombs, terror tactics, chemical weapons and heavy artillery against civilians and civilian infrastructure.

The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has claimed more than 190,000 lives, and nearly 11 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country, according to the UN.

The unrest created by the civil war paved the way for extremist movements, such as ISIL, to gain a foothold in the region.

The resolution also underlined the need for allegations -- contained in a set of documents presented earlier in 2014 -- regarding the torture and execution of persons incarcerated by the Syrian authorities to be made available for future accountability efforts.

In January, a defected Syrian military photographer, codenamed Caesar, leaked more than 55,000 pictures of approximately 11,000 people systematically tortured to death by the Syrian regime.

The photos were published as a joint exclusive by the Anadolu Agency, CNN and the Guardian.

The resolution will require the approval of the General Assembly in December.

Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2014, 09:19
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