GENEVE, Sept 28 (KUNA) -- United Nations Human Rights Council is scheduled
to debate a draft resolution on Syria, presented by Kuwait and other Arab
countries, partially calling for extension of the UN panel on Syria and urging
Damascus to cooperate fully with the international team.
Sources well-informed about diplomatic efforts on wording of the proposed
resolution told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the discussions were proceeding
among representatives of member states, in face of Russian rejection of some
of the proposed terms.
The draft resolution, proposed by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya,
Jordan and Morocco, essentially calls for extending mission of the Independent
Commission of Inquiry on Syria, set up by the UN Human Rights Council last
year, to follow up on human rights breaches in Syria and submit a report to
the 22nd UN council session, due next year.
It also calls on the panel to update the reports about human rights
violations since March 2011, reiterates the call upon the Damascus regime to
cooperate fully with the commission, allowing its members to have free access
to all regions of the country.
Moreover, it stipulates that the UN secretary general should be briefed
directly about these reports, condemns wide-scale breaches of human rights in
Syria, acts of violence and terrorism, by the Syrian authorities and the loyal
paramilitary forces, urges the warring sides to end all forms of violence,
respect international laws in full, take necessary measures to protect women
and girls from sex violence and rape.
The suggested decision urges the Syrian authorities to free, immediately,
all persons of who have been held behind bars arbitrarily, reveal a list of
all detention places and allowing independent observers to reach the detention
centers. Furthermore, it urges the Syrian authorities to honor its commitments
of protecting the citizens, calls for international investigation into cases
of abuse including those that are viewed as tantamount to crimes against
It affirms respect of aspirations of the Syrian people for democracy, urges
potential donors to secure financial aid for the stricken nation, calls on the
authorities to secure free access for humanitarian agencies to all areas,
condemns usage of heavy arms against civilians, genocides, arbitrary
executions, torture, sexual violence and maltreatment that also involve
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