Special Session on human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic
Thursday, 28 April 2011 13:44


A Special Session on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic will be held by the UN Human Rights Council (the Council) on Friday 29 April.


The session follows a request by the United States on behalf of 16 Member States, including Belgium, France, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Moldova, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Zambia. A Special Session can be requested if it has the support of at least one third of the 47 Member States of the Council.


The request for the Special Session was also supported by the following Observer States: Austria, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.


ISHR was among 19 NGOs to present a joint-statement to Member States in early April, calling for the Council to respond to the grave on‐going crisis by convening a Special Session as soon as possible.


This will be the 16th Special Session held by the Council. The last was held on 25 February on the situation of human rights in Libya.


The Special Session on the Syrian Arab Republic will start at 11am Swiss time on Friday 29 April and will be held in Salle XX at Palais des Nations in Geneva. It has been preceded by open-ended informative consultations on the session’s conduct and organisation, this afternoon (28 April).


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