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Russian Foreign Ministry calls UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on Syria biased

March 29, 2014, 16:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Resolution on Syria passed by the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council is biased and stands at variance with a recent report drawn up by an independent commission for investigation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

“For instance, while enumerating the violations of human rights the resolution does not make any mentioning of violence on the part of paramilitaries that was described in the report in detail - mass executions, abductions of women and children, sexual violence, the use of children soldiers, mortar shelling of densely populated areas, as well as the terrorist acts committed by the groupings making up the Syrian Free Army and closely linked to the Islamic Front,” the ministry said.

“In the meantime, it is precisely some of these groupings that our partners (in the West) are trying to pass off as a moderate opposition,” the commentary said.

“A one-sided appeal to the Syrian government to publish a full list of penitentiaries sounds rather strange,” the Foreign Ministry said.

“The independent commission said in its report that each radical grouping runs a jail in a village or town seized by jihadists and tortures are rife in those jails,” the commentary said.

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