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UN rights body wants Syria to end violence

The UN's top human rights body has voted overwhelmingly to demand that Syria end its bloody crackdown and cooperate with an international probe into possible crimes against humanity.

world Updated: Aug 23, 2011 15:30 IST

The UN's top human rights body has voted overwhelmingly to demand that Syria end its bloody crackdown and cooperate with an international probe into possible crimes against humanity.

The UN Human Rights Council voted 33-4 to pass a resolution condemning the violence by Syrian authorities and dispatching a human rights team to probe alleged atrocities since July.

The remaining countries on the 47-nation council abstained or were absent. China and Russia said they opposed the measure as unnecessary intervention.

Syrian Ambassador Fayssal al-Hamwi called the action "100 % political."