Today, February 16, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly approved by an overwhelming margin (137 in favor, 12 against, with 17 abstentions) a resolution (Doc.A/66/L.36) strongly condemning “widespread and systematic human rights violations by Syrian authorities.”
A press release summarizing the resolution and the interventions by various delegations is found here.
The text of the resolution, which has been made available by the Los Angeles Times, is found here.
The Washington Post provided one of the earliest reports on the vote tally. Colum Lynch has provided a more complete breakdownn of the vote. See Colum Lynch, “The Syria List of Shame”, Turtle Bay: Reporting from Within the United Nations (Foreign Policy blog), February 17, 2012.
For some reason, the United Nations appears to not yet have published the official vote tally. In the meantime, Lynch’s breakdown of the vote, including the “no shows” is the most authoritative the Observer has ben able to find. That breadkdown is as follows:
St. Vincent and Grenadines
No Shows (Not Present)
San Tome Principe
Melissa Bell of the Washington Post observes, “It’s striking to note that aside from Syria and Iran, no other Middle East country voted no. Two, however, did abstain: Lebanon and Algeria.
Five countries from the Western Hemisphere voted against the resolution:
Two additional countries from the region abstained:
From Africa, one country voted against the resolution:
In addition, the following 6 African countries abstained:
Hopefully, the official vote break-down should become available from the United Nations within a few more days.
The Trenchant Observer