A human rights committee of the UN General
Assembly on Tuesday voted 130-12 to condemn the "continued and
widespread systematic" human rights violations in Syria, in
particular by the government-controlled Shabbiha militias.
The committee adopted a resolution, citing use of heavy weapons, aerial bombardments and force against civilians by Damascus and the militias. It also cited massacres of civilians, executions and killing of protesters and journalists. There were 35 abstensions.
The resolution called on the Syrian government to "immediately put an end to all human rights violations and attacks against civilians."
The resolution was sent to the 193-nation assembly for a final and expected approval vote.
Most Popular Stories
- Small-Business Loans Fueling Economic Growth
- Tesco Head Steps Down After Profit Warning
- Comic-Con Offers Toy Designers a Chance to Go Wild
- Want a Job? Try Minneapolis
- Google Chrome Bug Draining Batteries: Report
- Clinton Wants U.S., E.U. to Get Tough on Russia
- BlackBerry Appoints New COO from LiveOps Inc.
- Startup Makes It Easier to Buy American
- GM Looking for Ignition Fix for Certain Cadillacs
- U.S. Stocks Start the Week on Shaky Ground