Human Rights Council to debate situation in Syria

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The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, will on Wednesday hold an urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Syria, despite strong objections from the government of Syria, Cuba and Venezuela.

The request for the meeting was made jointly by Turkey, Qatar and the United States of America on Friday last week.

The Council is being asked to debate the escalating grave human rights violations and in particular the recent killings in Al Qusayr.

Qatari representative Mrs Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani said the debate is urgent as the situation in Syria was worsening  with majority of the victims being women and children.

"The Syrian regime is massacring the Syrian people and has been doing so for the past 2 years. We are staring the new human rights council session today at a time when 40,000 civilian citizens in Syria are suffering from an unfair blockade in Al-Qusayr.  Nobody has put a stop to this. Nobody has put end to the crimes against humanity that are being perpetrated under the nose of the international community.  All of this prevents the inhabitants of the country to have access to food to housing and to the humanitarian assistance that they need."

Objecting to the holding of the special session the Syrian delegation said the countries that had requested the session are working against the Syrian government by providing training and support to rebels and terrorists fighting in the country.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva

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