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Syria set to win seat on UN Human Rights Council

07/06/2012 03:44

UN Watch, an NGO that monitors the international body’s activity, says despite Assad’s crackdown, Syria likely to get spot on council due to system of fixed slates.

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Despite its poor record on human rights, Syria is on course to winning membership on the UN Human Rights Council, UN Watch reported on Thursday.

UN Watch, an NGO that monitors the international body’s activity, cited a draft resolution presented in Geneva in which the US opposed Syria’s candidacy for a Human Rights Council seat in 2014. The resolution, which is also supported by the European Union, said Damascus “fails to meet the standards” for Human Rights Council membership.

President Bashar Assad’s regime is, however, likely to get a spot on the 47-nation council “due to the prevalent system of fixed slates, whereby regional groups orchestrate uncontested elections, naming only as many candidates as allotted seats,” according to UN Watch.

Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, reported that as part of the UN’s 53-nation Asian group, Syria’s candidacy would be nearly assured of victory due to the system of fixed slates, whereby regional groups orchestrate uncontested elections.

“That’s how non-democracies like China, Cuba, Russia andSaudi Arabia won their current seats, and how Pakistan and Venezuela are about to do the same,” Neuer wrote.

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