In yet another unbelievably hypocritical move, the United Nations General Assembly Rights Committee voted on Tuesday for a resolution which “strongly condemned” what it claims are human rights violations in Syria and laid the blame for both the atrocities committed during the course of the two year conflict and the high death toll at the feet of the Syrian government.
According to France24, the resolution passed overwhelmingly with 123 nations in favor, 13 opposed, and 46 abstentions.
The resolution "'strongly condemned' the continued widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms and all violations of international humanitarian law by the Syrian authorities and the government-affiliated shabbiha militias."
In addition, the resolution came extremely close to actually blaming the Syrian government for the August 21 Ghouta chemical weapons attacks by condemning the attack for which it claims the UN inquiry provided “clear evidence that surface-to-surface rockets were fired on August 21 from government-held territory into opposition areas, using professionally made munitions containing sarin.”
Of course, the above statement is carefully worded to suggest that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical weapons attack by virtue of its claim that such weapons were fired into the rebel-held areas. The reality, however, is quite the opposite since there was a great deal of fighting taking place in and around the very areas from which these rockets were supposedly fired, meaning that there was never any clear evidence that the Assad forces were responsible for firing them. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of the evidence surrounding the Ghouta attacks points to the death squads themselves, not the Syrian military.
It is important to note that the resolution was actually drafted by Saudi Arabia, a country that has been instrumental in funding, directing, and facilitating the death squads that were set loose on Syria two years ago. It is highly ironic, of course, that Saudi Arabia would sponsor and/or draft any resolution that would in any way criticize another nation in regards to its alleged “human rights violations” considering the abysmal human rights record that the nation itself maintains.
This hypocritical aspect was pointed out by the Syrian UN envoy Bashar Jaffaari, when he stated that “The Saudi regime is the last one that can talk about human rights given its black record in the domain.”
Jaafari clearly has a point. To this day, Saudi Arabia continues to openly carry out brutal executions of criminals, political dissidents, and those accused of “sorcery” or “witchcraft.” These executions are carried out by means of beheadings in the capitol of Riyadh in an area known as “Chop Chop Square.” In addition, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia are virtually non-existent, with women not even afforded the right to drive. Voting too, is restricted for women in local elections. Voting by women in national elections is a non-issue since Saudi Arabia does not have national elections due to its status as an absolute monarchy.
Nevertheless, in an ironic statement, Saudi envoy Abdullah al-Mouallimi claimed that the purpose of the resolution was to highlight “the suffering imposed on people in Syria such as mass killing, genocide, starvation, torture, oppression, kidnapping, terrorism, and abduction.” Of course, each and every one of these charges apply to the death squads funded by Saudi Arabia and operating inside Syria.
The death squads have been responsible for unspeakable atrocities against innocent people ever since the destabilization effort began. In October 2012, the death squads, in typical terrorist fashion, conducted at least four suicide bombings in Aleppo that killed around 40 innocent civilians.
Receiving more attention in the media, however, at least until the death squads were found to be responsible, was the infamous Houla Massacre of 2011 where approximately 90 people were killed.
Numerous other atrocities have also been documented with videos showing the death squads machine gunning captives, beheading prisoners (see here and here), and forcing young children to behead them. I, myself, have written an article dealing with reports regarding the death squad’s hanging of a young child after murdering his family in front of him. One can also view the videos of the death squad members beating and humiliating the famous elderly “Yellow Man” in Aleppo.
Indeed, the videos of the torture of prisoners in the hands of the death squads are legion. One need only type the relevant keywords into a YouTube search engine to be greeted with generous results.
In June, 2013, death squads executed a 15-year-old boy in front of his parents and his siblings for allegedly “blaspheming” the prophet Mohammed.
It was also reported earlier this month that the foreign-backed death squads had been discovered holding Syrian minority women captive in tunnels and using them as sex slaves for months on end.
Unfortunately, the atrocities committed by the death squads have occurred daily in the past and continue to occur on a daily basis.
Regardless, the resolution is the third such type of statement to be approved by the UN Rights Committee. Support, however, appears to be dwindling as the votes in favor of a similar resolution in 2012 were somewhat higher than they were this time around.
The resolution is scheduled to be brought before the UN General Assembly later this year.
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