Syria is a declared candidate for the Human Rights Council, according to a U.S.-sponsored and EU-backed draft resolution that was hotly debated in informal sessions held yesterday at the 47-nation body’s headquarters in Geneva.
The U.S. and E.U. are adamant that Syria’s “failure to meet the Council’s standards for membership” should be recognized, while Russia, China, Egypt, Brazil, and Cuba believe “no action be taken until Assad’s candidacy was formally submitted.”
Despite its deplorable human rights record, Syria is currently a full member of UNESCO’S human rights complaint and human rights organization committees. If the U.S. and E.U. resolution fails, UN Human Rights Council could be added to the list.