UN rights council votes for mission to probe Syria

29th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

The 47-nation UN Human Rights Council on Friday voted for a revised US-led resolution on the crackdown in Syria that asked the UN rights chief to send an investigative mission to the country.

The resolution also "unequivocally condemns the use of lethal violence against peaceful protestors by the Syrian authorities... and urges the Syrian government to immediately put an end to all human rights violations."

It also "requests the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urgently dispatch a mission to the Syrian Arab Republic to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law," according to the text released by the United Nations.

Twenty-six countries, mainly Western, African and Latin American nations voted for the text, and nine voted against.

Seven countries abstained, while five were absent at the time of the vote, including Bahrain, Jordan and Qatar.

© 2011 AFP

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