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UN Human Rights Council to focus on situation in Syria

June 18, 2012, 6:38 UTC+3

The decision to create the commission was taken last August at a session of the UN Human Rights Council

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GENEVA, June 18 (Itar-Tass) —— The situation in Syria is high on the agenda of the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which will open at the Palace of Nations here on Monday.

The commission for investigation of probable human rights violations in Syria will present an updated version of its report to 47 member-countries of the UN Human Rights Council on June 27. The document, the preliminary version of which was made public in late May, holds that governmental forces and opposition troops made serious violations of human rights in Syria amid a growing militarization. These violations continue despite the fact that the parties to the conflict reached an agreement over (a peacemaking) plan of six clauses, which the UN and LAS special envoy outlined, the report runs.

The commission should also report the results of “a detailed, independent and unbiased special investigation” into the massacre in the Syrian village Al Houla, where over 100 civilians were killed on May 25. The UN Human Rights Council gave this instruction to the commission at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 1. The decision to create the commission was taken last August at a session of the UN Human Rights Council. Damascus did not permit the experts to arrive in the country. Therefore, the experts draw their conclusions from the talks with the eyewitnesses of the events, representatives of non-governmental organizations, human rights activists and journalists in neighbouring countries to Syria and in Geneva.

At the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council a written report of the high commissioner for human rights on the human rights situation in Belarus will be given to the members of the council. The report embraces the period of time from December 10, 2010 to March 23, 2012. The oral version of the report was delivered in Geneva last September. The report contained an appeal to Minsk to release immediately and without any conditions all political opponents, activists and journalists, who did not participate in the disorders in December 2010. Along with this appeal the document contained the appeals to the Belarusian authorities to conduct a fair, trustworthy and unbiased investigation in the events, when these people were detained and arrested, all reports about tortures and a brutal attitude and bring all those guilty to justice.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will deliver a report at the 20th session of the main UN intergovernmental human rights body, which was founded in 2006. The debates will be also held with special controlling mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council (special rapporteurs, independent experts, working groups on the situations in some countries). The human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, the problems of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and relevant types of intolerance will be discussed at the council’s session. Meanwhile, the debates will continue over the problem of a reform of the UN human rights sector in general.

The session of the UN Human Rights Council will last until July 6.

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