23 Nov 2011

UN vote condemns Syria crackdown

9:47 pm on 23 November 2011

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has passed a resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on opposition protests.

It also called on Damascus to implement an Arab League plan to end the violence.

The BBC reports that the resolution, drafted by Britain, France and Germany, carries moral but not legal weight.

The move comes as Syrian activists said another 33 people, including six children, had been killed across Syria.

Earlier, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down to avoid further bloodshed.

The vote took place at the UN in New York. The three nations who drafted the resolution hope it will be a first step to bringing the issue back to the UN Security Council.

The latest resolution says the committee "strongly condemns the continued grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities, such as arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the persecution and killing of protesters and human rights defenders".

But it makes no mention of sanctions.

It was backed by Western nations and a number of Arab member states. The resolution received 122 votes in favour, 13 against and 41 abstentions.