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UN human rights council condemns Syrian repression

The United Nations' top human rights body has accused Syria of gross and systematic violations during the suppression of anti-government protests.

A resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council has been described by diplomats as the toughest ever.

It demands an immediate end to the violence, the release of all political prisoners and the suspension of members of the security forces suspected of abuses.

Russia and China were among just four countries to vote against the resolution. The Russian foreign ministry described the vote as politicised.

Jonathan Head reports from Istanbul.

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