UN / SYRIA RESOLUTION

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The UN General Assembly's human rights committee today voted on a resolution condemning Syria for its continued violence against pro-democracy demonstrators and called for the government to end "without delay" all human rights violations. UNTV

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DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2011, NEW YORK

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RECENT 2011, UNITED NATIONS NORTH LAWN BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations North Lawn Building

22 NOVEMBER 2011, NEW YORK

2. Wide shot, conference room with delegates looking ahead
3. Wide shot, podium
4. Close up, vote board
5. Cutaway, Syrian Permanent Representative Bashar Ja'afari
6. Wide shot, podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Lyall Grant, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“The cosponsors table this resolution in response to the ongoing and wide spread violence and Human Rights violations that have persisted in the Syrian Arab Republic since March this year. Despite repeated calls from the international community including United Nations and the League of Arab States this violence continues, wit the latest United Nations report estimating that well over 3,500. civilians have now been killed in the country. The Syrian authorities have refused to allow access to the independent international Commission mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council and have failed to implement the Plan of Action which they agreed with the Arab League.”
8. Cutaway, cameramen
9. SOUNDBITE (Arab) Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Despite the fact that the draft resolution was basically presented by 3 European States, however it’s no secret that the United States is the main insightful party, the main mind behind the political campaign against my country.”
10. Cutaway, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“The Human Rights violations carried out every single day in Syria pose a serious threat to peace and security within that country and throughout the region. Israel shares the international community’s serious concern about this dire situation in yria and as always we stand ready to work with our neighbours to promote peace, stability and freedom in the Middle East.
12. Cutaway, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations:
“Egypt’s vote today in favour of the draft resolution comes in support of the demands of the brotherly Syrian people for fundamental reforms that would enable them to live in freedom, dignity and democracy, achieve better respect for the rule of law, human rights and their fundamental freedom.”
14. Pan right, conference room

STORYLINE:

The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee today voted on a resolution condemning Syria for its continued violence against pro-democracy demonstrators and called for the government to end “without delay” all human rights violations.

The resolution passed by 122 votes in favor, 13 against and 41 abstentions.

Before the vote British Ambassador Lyal Grant said that despite repeated calls from the international community including the UN and the League of Arab States, the violence in Syria continued, with the latest UN report estimating that over 3,500 civilians had now been killed in the country.

Lyall added that the Syrian authorities had refused to allow access to the independent international Commission mandated by the UN Human Rights Council and failed to implement the Arab League’s Plan of Action.

Following the vote, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari, said that despite the fact that the draft resolution had been co-spnsored by by three European States, “it’s no secret that the United States was the main insightful party.”

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor who voted in favor of the resolution, stressed that the human rights violations carried out daily in Syria posed a serious threat to peace and security within that country and throughout the region.

Egyptian Ambassador Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz said that his country’s vote in favour of the draft resolution supported the Syrian people for fundamental reforms that would “enable them to live in freedom, dignity and democracy, achieve better respect for the rule of law, human rights and their fundamental freedom.”

The countries that co-sponsored the resolution before its adoption included Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Britain, Colombia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
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