Thursday, August 4, 2011

UN condemned Syria

The UN Security Council has condemned Wednesday evening the violence against demonstrators by the Syrian regime, with a formal declaration which calls on Syria to allow peaceful gatherings in the country and the entry of humanitarian aid . CNN reports that while the Council voted the Syrian army has launched a new bombing of the city of Hama by using tanks.

The text of the statement, that unlike a Council resolution is not binding, it condemns the "widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities." The text is a compromise reached in Western countries after the Council agreed to remove from the declaration, the request to initiate an investigation of the UN Council for Human Rights on violence.

Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa opposed to a formal response by the Council of the violence in Syria, but their opposition, said a Western diplomat in the Wall Steeet Journal, is diminished after the escalation of violence in Hama from since last weekend. In the text of the declaration adopted today, there are references to the possible involvement of the International Criminal Court, which instead had initially asked for some western countries.

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