UN committee condemns Syria rights violations

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 6:01 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee has again condemned Syria's rights violations by a strong vote.

One hundred and twenty-five countries approved this year's resolution Tuesday, with 13 voting against and 47 abstaining.

China, Russia and Iran were among the countries voting against the Saudi Arabia-sponsored resolution, which targets Syrian authorities' armed violence against civilians and "flagrant violations" of human rights since the country's conflict began in 2011.

The resolution also condemns the growing violence by the Islamic State militant group, which has seized large parts of Syria.

Syria has accused Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim-majority countries of supporting "terrorists" within its borders.

The resolution is a measure of world opinion and will now go to the General Assembly.