United Nations: The UN General Assembly's human rights committee on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning the "grave and systematic" rights violations in Syria and asked President Bashar al Assad to immediately bring an end to the violence and abuses.
   
The non-binding resolution, drafted by Britain, France and Germany, was brought in the UN General Assembly's Third Committee that deals with humanitarian issues.
   
The resolution received 122 votes in its favour, 13 against with 41 abstentions.
   
It must now be approved at a plenary session of the 193-member world body.
   
The resolution "strongly condemns the continued grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities, such as arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the persecution and killing of protesters and human rights defenders, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture and ill treatment of detainees, including children".
   
It called on the Syrian authorities to "immediately" put an end to all violence, human rights violations, and protect their population while fully complying with obligations under international human rights law.
   
The resolution also calls upon the Syrian authorities to implement the Plan of Action of the League of Arab States in its entirety without further delay.
   
The plan envisages release of prisoners, withdrawal of security forces from the streets and talks between the government and opposition. (The UN resolution also said Assad's government should comply with the Human Rights Council resolutions including by cooperating fully and effectively with the independent international commission of inquiry.
   
The resolution was co-sponsored by over 60 nations including Albania, Belgium, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Norway, Qatar, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US.
   
The UN Human Rights office has said that more than 3,500 people have been killed in the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters ever since the uprising began in March this year.
   
Assad's government began its brutal crackdown on civilians after they took to the streets in Syria as part of the wider pro-democracy movement across North Africa and the Middle East this year.
   
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has repeatedly asked Assad to pay heed to international calls to end the bloody violence in his country.

(Agencies)