UN rights council to demand inquiry into massacre
The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva was set to vote on a resolution Friday that orders an investigation into the Houla massacre in Syria, according to the draft of the decision, dpa reported.
The document, obtained by dpa on Thursday, states that the council "condemns in the strongest possible terms such an outrageous use of force against the civilian population which constitutes a violation of applicable international law."
The resolution also urges Syrian authorities "to put an immediate end to all violence and all human rights violations."
The resolution was submitted by the United States, Turkey and Qatar for the council's special session that will focus on last weekend's massacre, in which more than 100 people were killed. Diplomats said they expected it to pass by a wide majority.