Human Rights Council condemns Syria abuses

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The UN Human Rights Council has condemned in the strongest terms what it calls the sharply escalating gross violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities.

Forty-one members voted in favor of the resolution while China, Russia and Cuba voted against it.

The Council points to arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the killing and persecution of protesters, refugees, human rights defenders and journalists as examples of Syria's human rights violations.

Ambassador Steffen Smidt of Denmark says the council has demanded Syrian authorities respect the rights of the Syrian people and put an immediate end to all attacks.

"The Syrian authorities have manifestly failed in their responsibility to protect the Syrian population and have committed gross human rights violations which may amount to crimes against humanity. Therefore, this resolution focuses on accountability for human rights violations committed by the Syrian authorities. Perpetrators must be held to account.”

Syria’s ambassador Fayssal al-Hamwi rejected Friday’s vote which he said was “biased” and did not "reflect the reality on the ground."

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