The Human Rights Council in Geneva today took decisive action to reinforce the Syrian Government’s isolation.
The decisive action draws attention to the Asad regime’s unacceptable and brutal treatment of the Syrian people, including its many peaceful protestors.
The United States worked with over 50 countries on the special session. It was co-sponsored by 29 members of the Human Rights Council – by far the largest number of co-sponsors for any special session since the Council was created.
The special session endorsed a report released earlier this week by the independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which catalogued the Syrian Government’s brutal abuse of its citizens.
The Asad regime is killing Syrian citizens, arbitrarily detaining and torturing protestors, and in several cases sexually assaulting children while under police custody.
The Syrian Government is willing to do anything to strangle the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people. The United States strongly supports the Commission’s efforts to expose the abuses by the Asad regime and help bring the human rights violators to account.
Today’s action is the UN General Assembly’s condemnation of the human rights violations in Syria and the League of Arab States’ historic steps. It shows that the Asad regime is now more isolated and under greater international pressure than ever before.