GENEVA - The UN Human Rights Council launched a new commission of inquiry into Syria's crackdown on anti-government protesters, including possible crimes against humanity, despite objections by countries including Russia, China and Cuba.
The 47-member forum easily adopted a resolution presented by by the European Union and the United States. The vote was 33 countries in favor with four against and 9 abstentions. Libya's membership in the council was suspended earlier this year so it has no vote."The resolution is adopted," Uruguay's ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre who chairs the Council, announced after the vote.