UNHRC orders probe into Syria violations
Geneva, Aug 23: The UN Human Rights Council today ordered a probe into violations committed by the Syrian regime during its crackdown on popular protests.
By 33 votes to four, with nine abstentions, the council passed a resolution to "urgently dispatch an independent international commission of inquiry... To investigate alleged violations of international human rights law ... In the Syrian Arab Republic."
Investigators have been asked to establish the facts and circumstances of violations and to identify the perpetrators so that they can be held accountable.
The UN rights council called the emergency session on the situation in Syria, as investigators concluded that widespread and systematic rights violations have been committed by President Bashar al-Assad's regime since peaceful demonstrations began in mid-March.
Opening the meeting yesterday, UN rights chief Navi Pillay told the council that 2,200 people had been killed since the mass protests began.
However, China, Russia and Cuba led the opposition against the council's resolution, saying that it was one-sided and politicised.
"The draft remains one-sided and politicised. It does not take into account positive steps by the Syrian leadership to stabilise the country, its willingness to engage in conversation," said a Russian diplomat. AFP
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