UN rights body poised to condemn Syria, order probe

GENEVA - The United Nations is poised to condemn Syria on Friday for killings and mass arrests of protesters under a US initiative intended to send a strong signal to Damascus, Western diplomats said.
The Human Rights Council was expected to call for setting up a fact-finding mission to look into violations committed by Syrian forces and also suggest that Syria had no business seeking membership in the forum next month, they said.
But as a special session sought by the United States began, US and European envoys were still trying to persuade swing states in Latin America and Africa to back their joint resolution.
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