UN Human Rights Council condemns Syria massacre

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Marcia Kran

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution to condemn Syria over the killing of 108 civilians, 49 of them children, last week in the Houla region.

The resolution passed on Friday with 41 in favor, 3 against including Russia, China and Cuba, 2 abstentions and one member did not vote.

The Geneva-based Council also ordered an independent probe into the massacre, which Syria blames on armed rebels.

UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement to the Council that available evidence suggests the killings took place during an all night assault on the town by the Syrian military.

Speaking for her was Marcia Kran.

“These acts may amount to crimes against humanity and other international crimes, and may be indicative of a pattern of widespread or systematic attacks against civilian populations that have been perpetrated with impunity. I urge the international community to throw its weight behind the Joint Envoy’s six-point plan and call for the conduct of immediate investigations into the El-Houleh events, as well as into other human rights violations committed in Syria. Otherwise, the situation in Syria might descend into a full-fledged conflict and the future of the country, as well as the region as a whole, could be in grave danger.”

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Navi Pillay is also calling on the UN Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

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