U.N. General Assembly Passes Resolution Condemning Syrian Human Rights Violations | The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution backing an Arab League plan that calls for Syria’s president Bashar Al Assad to step down. The reolution strongly condemns human rights violations by his security forces. Earlier today, U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon accused Assad’s regime of committing “almost certain” crimes against humanity. Today’s vote in the 193-member General Assembly was 137-12, with 17 abstentions. Russia and China, who vetoed a similar resolution in the Security Council earlier this month, voted against the resolution.