UN rights chief asked to address Security Council

8th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

France, Britain and Germany want UN rights chief Navi Pillay to discuss Syria's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy supporters before the UN Security Council, diplomats said Thursday.

The council is planning a procedural vote to approve Pillay's presentation, with passage requiring votes from nine of the council's 15 members.

"It will be useful because it will allow the Security Council to examine its own responsibilities" with respect to the crisis, said a UN official speaking on condition of anonymity.

On October 4, the council failed to reach agreement on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown, with Russia and China using their veto while Brazil, India, South Africa and Lebanon abstained.

Pillay, who is due to hold a press conference at UN headquarters in New York Friday, said last week that more than 4,000 people have been killed in the crackdown over the past eight months, and tens of thousands arrested.

At least 12,400 people are reported to have fled the country.

© 2011 AFP

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