GENEVA, 21st October, 2016 (WAM) — The Human Rights Council has urged immediate cessation of hostilities, and demanded that the regime and its allies put an immediate end to all aerial bombardments of, and military flights over, Aleppo city.

In the resolution, adopted by 24 votes in favour, seven against and 16 abstentions at the conclusion of special session on the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent situation in Aleppo, on Friday, the council demanded that all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities and its supporters, promptly allow rapid, safe, unhindered and sustained humanitarian access, including across conflict lines and borders.

The Human Rights Council requested the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to conduct a comprehensive, independent special inquiry into the events in Aleppo, and identify all those responsible for alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law.

The council welcomed any genuine steps to improve the humanitarian situation in Aleppo.

It further requested the commission of inquiry to support efforts to ensure that the perpetrators of alleged abuses and violations were held accountable, and to provide a full report of the findings of its special inquiry to the Human Rights Council no later than its 34th session.

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