Syria Tells U.N. Why It Should Sit on Human Rights Council

Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas,

As the death toll climbs in Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protests, President Bashar Assad’s government is making a pitch for a seat on the U.N.’s top human rights body. The Assad regime said it assigns the “highest importance” to the promotion and protection of human rights.

“Syria’s candidature to the Human Rights Council signifies its commitment to respect and to support the inalienable and indivisible nature of all human rights,” it says in a pledge lodged with the U.N. ahead of next month’s election.

Syrian membership in the Geneva-based HRC, Damascus adds, “would contribute to accomplish the objectives of the Council, and would support the national and international efforts for promotion and protection of human rights for all, without distinction and selectivity or politicization.”

Syria is one of four countries in the U.N.’s Asia regional group standing for election when the U.N. General Assembly on May 20 votes to fill 15 vacant HRC seats.

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