Syria urged to allow UN investigation of rights violations Erin Bock at 12:32 PM ET
[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 Navi Pillay [official profile] reported [JURIST report] that at least 2,600 people were killed in the country as a result of its crackdown on anti-government protesters. Brazilian diplomat Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [UNICEF profile], who is heading the commission, stated that the commission wants to start its investigation as soon as possible. Pinheiro said that the investigation is in the best interest of the UN as well as Syrian authorities and expressed hope that permission would be granted before universal periodic review [JURIST news archive] exercises begin at the end of this week.
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