UN rights council adopts resolution on Eastern Ghouta

Resolution adopted after call for accountability of ‘war crimes and crimes against humanity’ omitted from final text

UN rights council adopts resolution on Eastern Ghouta

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN Human Rights Council on Monday adopted a resolution on Eastern Ghouta after omitting the call for accountability of the “war crimes and crimes against humanity” from the final text of the draft.

The resolution -- adopted by a vote of 29 in favor, 4 against and 14 abstentions -- called for full and immediate implementation of at least 30-day cease-fire agreement in Syria, accountability for human rights violations and condemned the sustained denial of humanitarian access to Eastern Ghouta.

China, Cuba, Venezuela and Burundi voted against the resolution in the council which is made of 47 member states.

Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, has been under siege for the last five years and humanitarian access to the area, which is home to some 400,000 people, has been completely cut off.

In the past eight months, forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime have intensified their siege of Eastern Ghouta, making it nearly impossible for food or medicine to get into the district and leaving thousands of patients in need of treatment.

On Feb. 24, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day cease-fire in Syria without delay.

Today’s resolution condemned the repeated attacks on medical facilities and civilian infrastructure, the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardments on civilians, and the alleged use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta.

It also reaffirmed its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.

 

Last Mod: 05 Mart 2018, 13:59
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