Human Rights Council prepares for 33rd session

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Discussions around ongoing violence in Syria and Yemen as well as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ukraine are expected to be the focus  of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins on Tuesday in Geneva.

The Council will also see the historic appointment of its first independent expert to protect the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

Created in 2006, the council's mandate is to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights across the world.

Daniel Dickinson has more.

The three-week meeting of some 190 Member States provides a fresh opportunity to address a range of global problems.

For the last five years, a Commission of Inquiry on Syria has presented evidence to the Council of human rights abuses, committed in the country.

The commissioners' work involves investigating and logging rights violations so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Council President, Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim of South Korea, spoke about the commissioners' work.

"Obviously since the start of their work, which was more than five years ago, there has been a lot of frustration, but we need to continue to discuss situations in Syria, which I think is very important."

This 33rd session of the Council will see a total of 18 independent experts and groups present reports on 42 countries and 40 issues from the death penalty to violence against women and under-five mortality.

Seasoned Council-watchers will also be following the appointment of its first independent expert on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (LGBT).

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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