UN rights body calls for halt to Israeli expansion in Syrian Golan

UN rights body calls for halt to Israeli expansion in Syrian Golan
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  • calendar-gray 22 March 2019

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday criticized Israeli settlement expansion in the Syrian Golan Heights a day after US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the disputed territory, ONA reports citing Reuters.

The UN rights forum adopted an annual resolution on the Syrian Golan, brought by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), with 26 states in favor, 16 against and 5 abstentions.

European members, including Britain voted against it. The United States, which quit the Council last year accusing it of an anti-Israel bias, does not participate.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East conflict and annexed the area in 1981 – a move not recognized internationally.

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