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Syria rejects Saudi resolution on human rights

February 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Bashar Al-Ja’afari, has stated that his country refuses to recognise a resolution on human rights in Syria that Saudi Arabia submitted to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, which focuses on human rights. Al-Arabiya news quoted Ja’afari yesterday as saying that “armed (takfiri) terrorist groups violate the rights of the Syrian people,” adding that the Syrian government is acting on behalf of the world to fight terrorism.

Ja’afari’s comments come in response to the committee’s decision to accept, by a large majority, the Saudi resolution on human rights in Syria. The UN General Assembly will formally vote on the resolution at its meeting next month.

Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdullah Mouallimi, explained that the “international investigators’ report proved that toxic gases have been fired from areas under the control of the Syrian regime. The current regime in Syria is using force against its own people.”

While the resolution increases international pressure on Syria, it has no legal consequences.