Conflict & Justice

UN condemns Security Council over Syria crisis


Syrian rebel fighters stand on top of a government tank captured two days earlier at a checkpoint in the village of Anadan, about five kilometres (3.8 miles) northwest of Aleppo, on August 01, 2012.



The United Nations passed a non-binding resolution on Friday blaming its own Security Council for failing to end the violence in Syria. 

The majority of the UN's member states voted to condemn the handling of the conflict as well as denounce the Syrian government's use of heavy weaponry and treatment of its citizens, BBC News reported

The resolution, drafted by the Saudi delegation, was passed by the 193-member council by 133 votes to 12, with 31 abstentions, Reuters reported

Though the diplomatic body pointed fingers at the Security Council, the bulk of the blame was reserved for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his forces. The resolution cited "the continued widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities and pro-governmental militias," CNN reported.

It also attacks Assad's regime for its "use of force against civilians, massacres, arbitrary executions, the killing and persecution of protesters, human rights defenders and journalists, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, interference with medical treatment, torture, sexual violence, and ill-treatment, including against children," according to CNN.

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Despite the move, the Syrian rebel forces say they have little regard for the UN's resolutions regarding the violence, according to CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata

"The rebels have no concern whatsoever for what's going on at the UN," D'Agata said. "They feel the UN has been ineffectual." 

Special envoy Kofi Annan spoke of a “clear lack of unity” in the UN Security Council as he announced his resignation from his post, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Russia has used its veto three times in favor of the Syrian government, which Annan said “fundamentally changed” his ability to implement the UN's six-point peace place. 

Meanwhile, fighting in the region has intensified, with battles erupting in Aleppo, Daraa and the suburbs of Damascus, the Local Coordination Committees in Syria told Bloomberg Businessweek in an e-mail.

The LCC reported 105 people dead as a result of Friday's violence, according to Bloomberg. 

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