PARIS - Seven well-known authors, including Salman Rushdie and Umberto Eco, have sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council urging it to adopt a resolution condemning Syria for a crackdown on its citizens.
Britain, France, Germany and Portugal have drafted the resolution, which condemns President Bashar Assad's government, but does not impose sanctions or authorize military action.
Russia and China have opposed it, without saying if they would use their vetos in the Council to block it.
"The outcome of this resolution is in your hands. It qualifies the repression in Syria as a crime against humanity," the letter addressed to the 15 Security Council members said.