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July 5, 2012 6:10 am

Syria Nominates Itself for UN Human Rights Council

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While the death toll in Syria has topped 14,000 (according to activists) since the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began, the country is now a candidate for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, UN Watch reported.

UN Watch, an NGO that monitors the international body’s activity, cited a draft resolution in which the U.S. reveals that Syria announced its candidacy for a Human Rights Council seat in 2014. The resolution, which is also supported by the European Union, says Syria “fails to meet the standards” for Human Rights Council membership.

Syria is likley to win a spot on the 47-nation council “due to the prevalent system of fixed slates, whereby regional groups orchestrate uncontested elections, naming only as many candidates as allotted seats,” according to UN Watch.

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