Human Rights Council extends mandate of Commission of Inquiry on rights abuses in SyriaListen /
The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has agreed to continue its close scrutiny of human rights abuses in Syria. Delegates voted overwhelmingly to extend an independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria for another year and for a comprehensive, independent and immediate investigation into all human rights abuses, committed by all parties, in the country.
They also said that those responsible for such abuses and violations of international human rights law, including crimes against humanity and war crimes, must be held to account. Just one country, Venezuela, voted against the resolution.
Omar Hilale, the representative for Morocco, introduced the resolution and called for the Syrian government to give its full cooperation to the commission of inquiry, including granting it unlimited access throughout the country:
"The initiative of our group of Arab states aims at contributing to international efforts attempting to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis and to continue to support the legitimate aspiration of the Syrian people to a peaceful and democratic society based on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms."
The Syrian representative to the Human Rights Council said that the resolution amounted to the destruction of any peaceful attempt to find a settlement to the crisis.
Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva.