UNESCO panel does not remove Syria from human rights committee


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A UNESCO commission Thursday condemned the violence against civilians in Syria but did not remove the embattled nation from its human rights committee, as the U.S. and other nations had hoped.

The United States and other countries want Syria removed from the group’s Committee on Conventions and Recommendations, which handles human rights issues, because of the crackdown by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad during the yearlong uprising against his government.


The U.S. ‘is profoundly disappointed that this resolution does not call for outright removal’ of Syria from the committee, Ambassador David Killion said, according to the Associated Press.

The commission of the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted 35-8 to condemn the crackdown on civilians in Syria. The resolution is scheduled to go before the executive board’s plenary session Friday.


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