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U.N. human rights body passes resolution condemning Syria crackdown on protests

By Reuters and Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz

April 29, 2011 | 1:34 pm

The top United Nations human rights body condemned Syria on Friday for using deadly force against peaceful protesters and launched an investigation into killings and other alleged crimes.

The 47-member forum, which held an emergency session at U.S. request, endorsed a U.S.-sponsored resolution by 26 votes to 9 with 7 abstentions.

“Member states came together to condemn the brutal tactics used by the Assad regime to silence peaceful dissent,” U.S. human rights ambassador Eileen Donahoe said in a statement.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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