Syrian crisis shifts to the UN Human Rights Council

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The United Nations Human Rights Council is to hold an urgent debate on the political and human rights crisis in Syria on Tuesday next week.

The request for the meeting was made by Qatar and supported by several Council members including the United States, the European Union and several Arab states.

The debate will be held only days after a commission of inquiry appointed by the council to probe human rights violations in Syria released its report. 

The report accuses the Syrian government of condoning gross violations of human rights. 

The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre, says she hopes the meeting will address the worsening humanitarian situation in parts of Syria and demand an end to the violence.

"The message should be a very a strong political message a strong call at least to start humanitarian access which is still being worked on by ICRC especially. We need to get to these people to children families that are not even getting enough food to survive. I think this could be one of the messages we still don't know exactly but I suppose that on this everybody will be on board at least we hope so. We do not expect any differing view in that regard."

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