Syria urged to allow human rights experts to visit the country


Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Council's Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, briefs correspondents on the work of the Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Pinheiro is flanked by the Commission's two other members, Yakin Ertürk (left), and Karen Abu Zayd.


Syrian authorities are being urged to allow independent international human rights experts to visit the country to investigate allegations of human rights violations since the beginning of protests in March. 

The call has come from Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the head of a three-member commission of inquiry established by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to carry out the investigations. 

Mr. Pinheiro says they want to start their mission as soon as possible. 

"I am trying to stress that this is not only in our interest but I think it is in the interest of the Syrian authorities. I hope that we will have a possibility to meet the high level delegation that, by coincidence, is coming for the UPR exercise next Friday." 

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The UPR is the universal periodic review of human rights records of all 193-member states of the United Nations once every four years. 

In August a United Nations mission went to Syria to assess humanitarian needs caused by the ongoing political crisis there.

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