The UN Human Rights Committee in New York has passed a resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protesters.
The resolution was drafted by Britain, France and Germany. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan also called on Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to step down and end the violence.
The resolution says the committee “strongly condemns the continued grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities, such as arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the persecution and killing of protesters and human rights defenders”.
The resolution received 122 votes in favour, 13 against and 41 abstentions.
Arab states that voted for it included Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.