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Key UN committee votes overwhelmingly to condemn Syria's human rights violations
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' A key U.N. committee has voted overwhelmingly to condemn Syria's human rights violations and call for an immediate end to all violence in the country.
The General Assembly's human rights committee adopted a nonbinding resolution sponsored by Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday.
The vote was 122-13 with 41 abstentions. It must now be approved at a plenary session of the 193-member world body, where its adoption is virtually certain.
The resolution ' which had over 60 co-sponsors including six Arab nations ' was a victory for the three European powers.
Their effort last month to win approval for a legally binding Security Council resolution threatening sanctions against Syria over its crackdown against civilians was blocked by Russian and Chinese vetoes.