Published November 17, 2014
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A key U.N. committee has voted overwhelmingly to condemn Syria's human rights violations and call for an immediate end to all violence in the country.
The vote was 122-13 with 41 abstentions. It must now be approved at a plenary session of the 193-member world body, where its adoption is virtually certain.
The resolution -- which had over 60 co-sponsors including six Arab nations -- was a victory for the three European powers.
Their effort last month to win approval for a legally binding Security Council resolution threatening sanctions against Syria over its crackdown against civilians was blocked by Russian and Chinese vetoes.