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Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] held a dialogue [press release] Monday with the Syrian Arab Republic discussing ways to end diplomatic gridlock and bring peace back to the nation. During the meeting, Syrian officials were presented with a commission report [materials] that discussed the disintegration of the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Syrian civilians are facing war crimes and crimes against humanity [press release] with "no end in sight," a group of UN human rights experts said Thursday. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] issued its latest report [text, PDF] on the civil war … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four UN human rights experts briefed the Security Council on Friday regarding a new report [text, DOC] on human rights violations in war-torn Syria. Heading the Commission of Inquiry was Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official websites], who … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria [official website] warned [press release] the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A panel of UN human rights experts led by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic [official website], announced on Tuesday a new investigative report [text, PDF] into the Syrian conflict. The report describes horrific violence in Syria by rebel and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Paulo Pinheiro, the chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria [official website], said Monday that the vast majority of Syrian casualties are killed in unlawful conventional weapon attacks [press release] and called for an end to weapons being supplied to both Syria's government and rebels. Pinheiro stated … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website], Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] stated Monday that the UN war crimes panel is investigating 14 suspected chemical attacks in Syria. A report [text, PDF] issued by chief weapons inspector Ake Sellstrom [official … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Chair of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria addressed the General Assembly [official websites] on Monday, imploring member states [video] to bring about peace talks in the violence-plagued country. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] described "crimes that shock the conscience" as ongoing and pervasive, including … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged Syria to release a prominent human rights lawyer [press release] and his friend believed to be detained by security forces. AI contends that both men should be released immediately unless they are charged with an internationally recognized offense. A Deputy Director … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Friday passed a resolution [press release] extending the mission of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) [official website] in Syria. The panel of independent experts is charged with investigating the human rights situation in the country amidst the prolonged … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] UN investigators testified before the UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday that human rights violations in Syria committed by both sides of the conflict are growing in number and severity [press release]. Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Paulo Pinheiro, chairperson of the UN-appointed Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on Monday told [press release] the UN Human Right Council [official website] in Geneva that the number of people suffering from the intensified violence in Syria is increasing. During the interactive dialogue in Geneva, an updated … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] The UN-appointed Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria on Wednesday accused Syria of violating international human rights law [report, PDF] after finding that Syrian forces are engaging in torture and killings under orders from high level government officials. Military forces under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A UN commission urged [statement] Syrian authorities on Friday to allow human rights experts to conduct an investigation into allegations of human rights violations. The three-member commission of inquiry was established by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] in September after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2008

Maureen Aung-Thwin [director, Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Institute]: "The UNHRC is wise to keep up public pressure on the Burmese military regime for its continued abuse of human rights. The generals probably thought they could take a breather when the outgoing Special Rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A scheduled May 10 referendum [JURIST news archive] on a new constitution proposed by Myanmar's ruling junta is a "sham" designed to legitimize military rule, according to a report [text; press release] released Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW criticized the military government for arresting opposition … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Myanmar's military government has arrested more than 20 peaceful demonstrators protesting the scheduled May 10 national constitutional referendum [JURIST report], the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) said Tuesday. The NLD also said that government security forces have detained a close aide of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Myanmar is completely ill-prepared to hold a national constitutional referendum [JURIST report] as part of a democratic political transition, UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] told Reuters in an interview Monday. Myanmar's 45-member Referendum Holding Commission announced last week that it had scheduled the planned … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Apr 2008

Maureen Aung-Thwin [director, Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Institute]: "Over the past two decades, various United Nations entities - the General Assembly, the Human Rights Commission (now Council) and the Security Council, have all condemned the Burmese military regime for egregious abuse of the rights of its … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] passed a resolution [press release] Friday condemning the military government of Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for ongoing systematic violations of human rights and people's fundamental freedoms. The European Union expressed particular concern over human rights violations in the country and … [read more]

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