U.N. urges action in Syria but Russia, China object

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The United Nations’ human rights chief on Friday urged world powers to take action to protect civilians in Syria from “ruthless repression”, but her call was criticised by envoys from China and Russia.

More than 4,000 people have been killed during a military crackdown on protesters that started in March and more than 14,000 people are believed to be in detention, said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

“In light of the manifest failure of the Syrian authorities to protect their citizens, the international community needs to take urgent and effective measures to protect the Syrian people,” Pillay told an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Pillay did not spell out what measures world powers should take – Western leaders have in the past shied away from suggestions of military action, along the lines of the NATO campaign that helped unseat Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The United States, the EU, members of the Arab League and neighbouring Turkey have already imposed sanctions on the Damascus government.

After Pillay spoke, envoys from Russia and China, which both have oil projects in Syria, took the floor to warn against foreign interference in Syria in the name of human rights.

Both countries blocked international efforts to condemn the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution in October.

CHINA, RUSSIA WARNING

“We would like to warn against illegal interference by outside forces even under the pretext of protecting human rights,” said Russia’s envoy Valery Loshchinin. “This will have serious and unforeseen consequences.”

Loshchinin called on all sides in Syria to halt violence. “We hear that the conflict in Syria continues to be fueled by outside forces, armed and terrorist groups being organised and supplied with weapons and money from abroad.”

Russia has delivered anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, the Interfax news agency cited an unnamed military source as saying on Thursday, days after a U.N. commission of inquiry called for an arms embargo on Damascus.

China’s envoy He Yafei said that although China was deeply concerned, views on how to resolve the situation differed widely.

“Member states of the United Nations should follow the principles and purposes of the UN and refrain from resolving differences through force or threat of force,” he said.

“CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY”

Pillay said 307 children had died in the conflict, up from an estimate of 256 that was released earlier this week.

“The Syrian authorities’ continual ruthless repression, if not stopped now, can drive the country into a full-fledged civil war … All acts of murder, torture and other forms of violence must be immediately stopped,” she added.

Pillay said she was also concerned about reports of increased armed attacks by the opposition forces, including the so-called Free Syrian Army, against the Syrian military and security apparatus.

A U.N. commission of inquiry said this week it had found solid evidence of crimes against humanity by security forces, including executions, torture and rapes.

U.S. human rights ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe told reporters there was “evidence of the complicity in these atrocities” by Syrian authorities and said there was no doubt the violence was intentional.

“It’s systematic, widespread and to the point of possibly rising to the level of crimes against humanity,” she said.

Syria, which does not allow access to most foreign journalists, says it is fighting an insurgency by armed groups supported from abroad, who have attacked its troops trying to defend the peace.

At Friday’s summit, Syria’s ambassador Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui gave an angry speech that won support from Russia, China and Cuba.

“The Syrian problem is one that can be resolved only by Syrians. It is only a domestic, national solution that is possible,” he said, referring to reforms promised for 2012.

“The solution cannot come from the corridors of the international community,” he said. “It is only resolutions trying to put more oil on the fire.”

A revised EU draft resolution — which emerged after intense negotiations with China, Cuba and Russia — condemns “continued, widespread, systematic and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

The aim is to get all countries to agree on a strong message of disapproval to Damascus coupled with a call for a halt to violence, diplomats said.

“There are always trade-offs,” Donahoe told reporters.

Reuters

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24 responses to “U.N. urges action in Syria but Russia, China object”

  1. Stop fighting the goverment of the land and join the vast majoirty of the supporters of assad and you wont die,bottom line is in any nation that will be under a coup will have deaths,the fact that after a year assad has kept it under 4000 is pretty good,compared to the death of historical coups,all death is sad and i hate to hear anyone dies wheter jew,christian or moslem,but in life you reap what you sew whether you beleive its right or wrong,but dont complain at the end result if its not what you thought you would accomplish,as usual my prayers and thoughts go out to all the dead…peace.

    1. Amine123 Avatar

      You belong to a mental hospital definetly, how could write this BS?

      1. He is a Hezbollah supporter using a Christian name, I just finished writing a replying to him.
        I am now regretting wasting my time doing so.

        1. dabshaleem Avatar
          dabshaleem

          all peopled saym excet for salafite und wahabi

    2. You just contradicted yourself…

      1. dabshaleem Avatar
        dabshaleem

        u no beiruti yu trioplia shit shanklish wan hs

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          How did Dab earn enough money to buy a computer?

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Tripoli IS part of Lebanon – whether you like it or not.

        3. dabshaleem Avatar
          dabshaleem

          yu 5thdrawer from tope an botom funk fue compter me have nothnigd

        4. Hannibal Avatar

          rackety crack blah Baalbecky hash… lol 

    3. michael,  i partly unerstand where you are coming from but  i wonder if you still make light of 4000 lost lives,  call me a woos but if i lost 1 very dear brother ,son, sister, father,wife,  to  an already oppressive entity like this dictator and the personality of his regime   my life would be so bent out of shape and altered enough that i may not have enough to live for or be motivated to join the vast majority you speak of.
       i am not condoning violence of any kind  but am trying to visualize  the state of mind i would be in if one familly member was mutalited as many have met that fate.

      please consider the following illustration in jesus own words.

        If a certain man comes to have a hundred sheep and one of them gets strayed, will he not leave the ninety-nine upon the mountains and set out on a search for the one that is straying?  And if he happens to find it, I certainly tell you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that have not strayed.  Likewise it is not a desirable thing with my Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish.

  2. Stop fighting the goverment of the land and join the vast majoirty of the supporters of assad and you wont die,bottom line is in any nation that will be under a coup will have deaths,the fact that after a year assad has kept it under 4000 is pretty good,compared to the death of historical coups,all death is sad and i hate to hear anyone dies wheter jew,christian or moslem,but in life you reap what you sew whether you beleive its right or wrong,but dont complain at the end result if its not what you thought you would accomplish,as usual my prayers and thoughts go out to all the dead…peace.

    1.  Avatar

      You belong to a mental hospital definetly, how could write this BS?

      1.  Avatar

        He is a Hezbollah supporter using a Christian name, I just finished writing a replying to him.
        I am now regretting wasting my time doing so.

        1.  Avatar

          all peopled saym excet for salafite und wahabi

    2.  Avatar

      You just contradicted yourself…

      1.  Avatar

        u no beiruti yu trioplia shit shanklish wan hs

        1.  Avatar

          How did Dab earn enough money to buy a computer?

        2.  Avatar

          Tripoli IS part of Lebanon – whether you like it or not.

        3.  Avatar

          Tripoli IS part of Lebanon – whether you like it or not.

        4.  Avatar

          yu 5thdrawer from tope an botom funk fue compter me have nothnigd

        5. rackety crack blah Baalbecky hash… lol 

        6. rackety crack blah Baalbecky hash… lol 

    3. michael,  i partly unerstand where you are coming from but  i wonder if you still make light of 4000 lost lives,  call me a woos but if i lost 1 very dear brother ,son, sister, father,wife,  to  an already oppressive entity like this dictator and the personality of his regime   my life would be so bent out of shape and altered enough that i may not have enough to live for or be motivated to join the vast majority you speak of.
       i am not condoning violence of any kind  but am trying to visualize  the state of mind i would be in if one familly member was mutalited as many have met that fate.

      please consider the following illustration in jesus own words.

        If a certain man comes to have a hundred sheep and one of them gets strayed, will he not leave the ninety-nine upon the mountains and set out on a search for the one that is straying?  And if he happens to find it, I certainly tell you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that have not strayed.  Likewise it is not a desirable thing with my Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish.

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