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UN rights body votes to share evidence on Syria war crimes with aim for Hague tribunal action

  • In this photo taken during a Syrian government-led media tour, Syrian soldiers recapture the Damascus suburb of Adra, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Buildings are seen damaged due to battles between Syrian troops and rebels. (AP Photo)

    In this photo taken during a Syrian government-led media tour, Syrian soldiers recapture the Damascus suburb of Adra, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Buildings are seen damaged due to battles between Syrian troops and rebels. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, citizen journalism image provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows rebels from al-Qaida affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, as they sit on a truck full of ammunition, at Taftanaz air base, that was captured by the rebels, in Idlib province, northern Syria. The U.S. airstrikes against al-Qaida’s branch in Syria causes disarray among other hard-line Islamic rebels who fear they may be targeted next. Two factions evacuate their bases and residents in areas under the control of other Islamic brigades cower at home, wondering if their districts will be hit. Arabic on the flag, right, reads, "there is no God but God and Mohammed is his messenger, Jabhat al-Nusra." (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, citizen journalism image provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows rebels from al-Qaida affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, as they sit on a truck full of ammunition, at Taftanaz air base, that was captured by the rebels, in Idlib province, northern Syria. The U.S. airstrikes against al-Qaida’s branch in Syria causes disarray among other hard-line Islamic rebels who fear they may be targeted next. Two factions evacuate their bases and residents in areas under the control of other Islamic brigades cower at home, wondering if their districts will be hit. Arabic on the flag, right, reads, "there is no God but God and Mohammed is his messenger, Jabhat al-Nusra." (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN) which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows rebels from al-Qaida linked Nusra front waving their brigade flag as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter, at Taftanaz air base that was captured by the rebels, in Idlib province, northern Syria. The U.S. airstrikes against al-Qaida’s branch in Syria causes disarray among other hard-line Islamic rebels who fear they may be targeted next. Two factions evacuate their bases and residents in areas under the control of other Islamic brigades cower at home, wondering if their districts will be hit. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, File)

    FILE - This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN) which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows rebels from al-Qaida linked Nusra front waving their brigade flag as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter, at Taftanaz air base that was captured by the rebels, in Idlib province, northern Syria. The U.S. airstrikes against al-Qaida’s branch in Syria causes disarray among other hard-line Islamic rebels who fear they may be targeted next. Two factions evacuate their bases and residents in areas under the control of other Islamic brigades cower at home, wondering if their districts will be hit. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, File)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. Human Rights Council has voted overwhelmingly to share its evidence of Syrian atrocities in hopes it will be forwarded to the world's war crimes tribunal.

By a vote of 32-5, with 10 abstentions, the 47-nation council adopted the resolution Thursday strongly condemning lack of cooperation by President Bashar Assad's government with a U.N. commission investigating alleged rights violations since March 2011 in Syria, whether by the government or the opposition or the Islamic State group that controls broad areas along the Syria-Iraq border.

The resolution emphasizes that The Hague-based International Criminal Court can play an "important role" if the United Nations agrees to send it the commission's findings on war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly being committed in Syria.