UN asks Syria to stop human rights abuses

Protesters hold banners calling for an end to a military siege in Nawa near Daraa

By Staff Writer

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic calling upon the government of Syria to, among other things, put an end to all human rights violations, protect its population, fully respect all human rights and fundamental freedoms, allow access to the internet and telecommunications networks and lift censorship on reporting.

The resolution which was adopted with 26 votes in favour, nine votes against and seven abstentions,  urged the Syrian Government to release all prisoners of conscience and arbitrarily detained persons, refrain from reprisals against people who participated in peaceful demonstrations, launch a credible and impartial investigation into human rights violations and prosecute those responsible for attacks on peaceful protesters, and to enlarge the scope of political participation aimed at ensuring civil liberties and enhancing social justice.

It requests the Office for 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, with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring full accountability, and to provide a preliminary report and oral update on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic to the 17th session of the Human Rights Council.

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