March 1st, 2012
07:08 AM ET

U.N. council condemns Syria's 'widespread and systematic violations of human rights'

The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution Thursday condemning Syria's "widespread and systematic violations of human rights" and called on the regime to permit aid groups in to distribute relief.

The resolution comes as Conflicting reports emerged Thursday over the fate of the center of Syrian resistance in the besieged city of Homs amid what the opposition describes as an ongoing assault by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Spotty reports of intense fighting emerged in and around the hard-hit Baba Amr neighborhood, though it remained unclear whether Syrian forces had taken a portion of the area. The city has become a flashpoint for both sides in the uprising.

Al-Assad's government said late Wednesday that troops had taken over, while opposition groups gave conflicting reports Thursday about who was in control of the neighborhood that has been shelled for 26 days.

Two opposition activists on the ground in Homs said the army did not take Baba Amr, while another activist reports troops took control of a portion of the neighborhood, according to Avaaz, a pro-opposition, political activist group.

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  1. saywhat

    UN Security Council passed more than 22 binding resolutions on the rights of self determination of people of Kashmir from 1948 to 1971. None has been implemented.

    UN S.council passed 131 binding resolutions on the rights pf people of Palestine and Israel-Palestine conflict between 1968 to 1989. None has been implemented.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. james ainoris

    Just look at the members of the security council of this goofy agency... all terrorists... and they always pick on Israel... who is not allowed on it? I just got back from Israel and witnessed arabs being treated very nicely. They traveled and own buisnesses homes etc there and are protected by the IDF. 60% of the population of Israel are people that escaped various arab countries and want to stay. They are equal citizens and actually control almost every holy site. On the otherhand my rabbi and I had military escorts just to see Rachaels tomb... we would be beaten and killed by arab refugees... no christians or jews can go to mecca? they cannot build churches or synagogues safely ... syria has a horrible record of murder of jews james ainoris

    March 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    @ james ainoris. lol
    I'm sure your visit to the occupied territiries was equally satisfying.

    The veteran Middle east correspondent of Guardian in her report from Israel on 01/22 has this to say.
    Deep within AlJalame prison Palestinian children are locked in solitary. Shackled to chairs by their hands & feet. 500 to 700 each year physically & verbally abused. Parents unaware of their whereabouts.
    read that report in Guardian brings tears to your eyes.
    And this is just one aspect that was discovered and reported. hat really goes on there I would shudder to imagine.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Harriet Sherwood is the name of the Guardian correspondent which I forgot to mention.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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