Britain's Hague welcomes UN vote condemning Syria

22nd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said strong support for a resolution criticising Syria at a UN human rights committee Tuesday "sends a signal of united condemnation" of the regime.

"Today's UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) resolution sends a signal of united condemnation of the Syrian regime's systematic human rights abuses," said Hague in a statement.

"I welcome the wide support it received, including the fact that it was co-sponsored by Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Turkey."

He added: "As long as the crisis in Syria continues the international pressure on the (President Bashar al-) Assad regime will only intensify."

The resolution was backed by 122 countries at the UN General Assembly's human rights committee and only 12 nations joined Syria in opposing it.

It "strongly condemns the continued grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities," highlighting the "arbitrary executions" and "persecution" of protesters and human rights defenders.

Assad's eight-month crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement has left more than 3,500 people dead, according to the United Nations.

© 2011 AFP

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