Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Syria unrest: UN rights body to investigate crackdown

The UN Human Rights Council has ordered an investigation into violations reportedly committed by Syrian security forces during the crackdown on dissent.

It passed a resolution to "urgently dispatch an independent international commission of inquiry" and demanded an end to the violence against protesters. The commission will "investigate violations of international human rights law in Syria since July 2011".

The UN says more than 2,200 people have died since protests began in mid-March. There were 33 votes in favour of the resolution on Syria, four against - reportedly including China, Russia and Cuba - and nine abstentions.

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Navi Pillay, opened the emergency session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. More >>>

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