Iran objects to holding UN rights debate on Syria

February 27, 2012 13:43

GENEVA - Iran has objected to the UN Human Rights Council holding an emergency debate on the violence and repression in its ally Syria, as requested by Arab and Western states, the Geneva forum's president said on Monday.

Qatar marked the opening of the Council's annual four-week session by asking for an urgent debate on Syria on Tuesday, a request that was backed by most Arab League members, as well as the European Union (EU) and the United States.

A resolution passed by the main UN human rights forum would add to the moral pressure on Syria but would have no practical impact on the situation there. The UN Security Council reached deadlock on Syria when Russia and China vetoed a resolution condemning the government's violent crackdown.

Arab and Western states are looking for fresh condemnation of the Syrian forces' violent suppression of protests that began nearly a year ago.

Iran, which is an observer but not a member of the 47-member Council, has lodged a "formal objection" to an emergency debate on Syria, the Council's current president, Laura Dupuy Lasserre, told the meeting.

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