Last updated: 3 December, 2011

Syria rejects UN rights resolution as unjust

Syria on Saturday condemned a UN vote on rights violations by the country’s security forces as “unjust,” and said it was based on false information from the regime’s foes.

The UN Human Rights Council resolution passed in a vote on Friday was “unjust and “prepared in advance by parties hostile to Syria,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

The vote followed a report by a commission of inquiry that was “politically motivated and based on false information circulated by parties outside Syria and dishonest press organs,” the ministry said.

At an emergency meeting, the council passed a resolution “strongly condemning the continued widespread, systematic and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities.”

For Damascus, the council’s “decisions aim to prolong the crisis and convey a message of support” to the regime’s armed opponents.

The meeting in Geneva was called to address the findings of the Commission of Inquiry which said security forces had committed crimes against humanity, including the killing of 307 children, in a crackdown on dissent since March.