UN Human Rights Council condemns Syrian governement – to no avail
The United Nations’ Human Rights Council voted to condemn the actions of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but neither he, nor his military forces were deterred.
The condemnation was joined by 37 nations with Russia, China and Cuba voting against it. India, Ecuador and the Philippines abstained, reports the New York Times.
As the UN voted, Syria gained a stronger hold on the city of Homs, essentially cutting off all communication avenues, and then announced its plans to “cleanse” the opposition forces. During a Senate committee hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Assad’s actions could qualify him as a war criminal, but Washington continued to resist all calls for greater engagement.