26 Feb '12, 3am

UN rights council to put pressure on Syria

UN rights council to put pressure on Syria

GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council's annual session opens Monday determined to put more pressure on Syria's hardline regime after publication of a list of officials suspected of crimes against humanity. "We want Syrian authorities to give up being in denial," said one diplomat. The Human Rights Council must "continue to put pressure on Syrian authorities". The annual meetings which will be opened by UN rights chief Navi Pillay and Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser of Qatar, president of the UN General Assembly for 2011-12, will also look into latest developments in Iran, Libya, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and North Korea. However debates during the first three days were expected to focus on the nearly one-year deadly crackdown by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on dissent in Syria. More than 7,600 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad's rule erupted in March, according t...

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