Human Rights Council seeks unanimous condemnation of violence in Syria

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The UN Human Rights Council is to proceed with the special debate on the situation on Syria despite an objection from Iran.

The debate is to be held on Tuesday at the request of Qatar.

President of the Council Laura Dupuy Lasserre, said she had received a formal objection to the emergency debate on Syria from Iran, which is an observer but not a member of the 47 member council.

Speaking at the start of the council's 19th session, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay and several UN member states welcomed the holding of the debate on Syria.

President of the Council Laura Dupuy Lasserre said she was hopeful that the council would be unanimous in condemning the violence and demanding for humanitarian access to the affected areas.

"We hope that this urgent debate that has been requested can be convened so that we pass on a unanimous and robust message from the international community of condemnation of the violence the repression using force of dissidents and also repressing the civilian population in general whether they are making legitimate demands for grater democratization and respect for human rights. The humanitarian situation is critical; we hope to get a positive response from the authorities so that assistance can be provided to all these people whose rights have been affected including the right life."

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