On 7 October the UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 51/26, which deplored that the civilian population in Syria continues to bear the brunt of the conflict and that civilians – and objects indispensable to their survival – continue to be the targets of deliberate and indiscriminate attacks. The resolution further expressed grave concern about the increase in violence, civilian casualties and attacks on civilian infrastructure, demanded that all parties comply with obligations under international law and emphasized the need to ensure that all those responsible for violations and abuses are held accountable. The resolution also demanded that “the Syrian authorities meet their responsibility to protect the Syrian population and to respect and protect the human rights of all persons within its jurisdiction, including persons in detention and their families.” The resolution was adopted by a vote of 25 votes in favor, 6 against and 16 abstentions.
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