As Syria Kills Demostrators, UN General Assembly Talks


The General Assembly is set to meet on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria.

The Assembly has expressed deep concern on the escalation of violence in the region in the recent months.

The death toll keeps rising in Syria as Government forces continue their deadly crackdown against the pro-democracy protesters.

UN says more than 5,000 people have been killed in Syria’s crackdown on protests which erupted against Assad in March, inspired by uprisings that toppled three Arab leaders last year.

Syria says 2,000 members of the government forces have been killed by “armed terrorists”.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is scheduled to brief Member States on the latest developments after a request from General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser.

The United Nations General Assembly building.

The 193-member Assembly will also discuss the report of the UN Human Rights Council from December last year. The Assembly has expressed strong condemnation on the abuses by Syrian authorities.

Earlier this week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported that the UN will be sending a joint observer mission with the League of Arab States in an aim to resolve the crisis engulfing the country.

He also voiced regret that the Security Council was unable to agree on collective action on the issue after Russia and China vetoed a draft resolution endorsing Arab League efforts to end the crisis.

Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for Ms. Pillay, said international law requires that during any armed conflict the wounded and sick must be treated humanely. He stressed that the neutrality of medical facilities must be respected.

Fadela Chaib, a spokesperson for the UN World Health Organization (WHO), also expressed concern about press reports saying that health-care facilities were not being treated as neutral premises.

Ms. Chaib said there has been a massive increase in weapons-related injuries in recent days. Medical staff have also outlined disruptions to the supply of medicines.

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