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UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on Aleppo

October 21, 2016, 19:52 UTC+3 GENEVA
Instead of extending support to the Syrian government and the people in their efforts against international terrorism, the session’s initiators "are seeking to throw a protective veil over terrorists"
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GENEVA, October 21. /TASS/. The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday passed a resolution on the situation in Aleppo that had been initiated by a number of the Gulf states.

"Regrettably, it was not an objective and unbiased discussion of the situation in Syria, in Aleppo in particular, but yet another attempt at an information propaganda warfare on Damascus and Moscow," Russian Permanent Representative to the Geneva office of the United Nations and other Geneva-based international organizations Alexei Borodavkin, told TASS.

Instead of extending support to the Syrian government and the people in their efforts against international terrorism, the session’s initiators "are seeking to throw a protective veil over terrorists, to spare them from destruction, to give them a possibility to regroup forces and continue their atrocities on the tortured Syrian land," he said.

The resolution was passed by 24 votes of the 47-member Council. Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Algeria and Burundi voted against and 16 more states abstained.

The resolution demands the ‘regime and its allies’ to instantly stop air strikes and combat flights over Aleppo. The United Nations commission investigating human rights violations in Syria is commissioned to conduct a special probe into the situation in Aleppo and issue a report by the next session of the United Nations Human Rights Council due in March 2017. The resolution calls to call answerable those responsible for human rights violations and allocates a major role in it to the International Criminal Court.

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