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The UN General Assembly has adopted an Arab-backed resolution condemning human rights violations in Syria and calling for an end to the violence.

Once again, Russia and China voted against, fearing that this will lead to  regime change and international intervention – both of course felt tricked into backing the rebels of Libya.

Syria for her part says the resolution is a greenlight to terrorists, and as if to make the point for Damascus a second assassination occurred today – the first of a politician a week before, and the second of a Cleric who called for the rebels to end violence, Russia Today reports.

On their website, the rebels also posted their own message for the man they had killed – ‘burn in hell.’

The resolution which was approved by 137 votes to 12 against, with 17 abstentions, is symbollic.

The countries who voted ‘no’ were –

  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Iran
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe

China and Russia have been criticised for being out of touch – they could also be trying to resolve the problem without further bloodshed by taking into account that people on both sides have been killed by violence in Syria.