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UN rights body condemns Syria over massacre

June 2, 2012 • World News


Fayssal al-Hamwi, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, attends a special session of the Human Rights Council at the U.N.’s European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, June 1, 2012. The Human Rights Council held a special session to discuss the human rights situation in Syria following the horrific weekend massacre that killed more than 100 people in Houla. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body voted overwhelmingly Friday to condemn Syria over the slaughter of more than 100 civilians last week, but Damascus appeared impervious to the crescendo of global condemnation following a string of horrific massacres.

Syria’s most important ally and protector, Russia, voted against the measure by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Russia has refused to support any move that could lead to foreign intervention in Syria, Moscow’s last significant ally in the Middle East.

New bloodshed was reported across Syria on Friday, with troops firing on protesters and more execution-style killings coming to light, while U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan urged Syrian President Bashar Assad once again to stop the violence.

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