Syria to Serve in Top Post at UN Human Rights Committee

February 22, 2021

by: Ilse Strauss

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Monday, 22 February 2021 | In yet another bizarre example of the truth being stranger than fiction when it comes to the United Nations, the world body elected the Syrian regime headed by dictator Bashar al-Assad to a senior post on a UN committee tasked with upholding fundamental human rights, and then accused the regime of “crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other international crimes including genocide”—all in one day.

In other words, the appointment—announced on Thursday—puts the man who earned himself the nickname the Butcher of Damascus by cracking down on his people in a brutal 10-year civil war, killing hundreds of thousands of Syrians, and reportedly committing gross war crimes, including using barrel bombs and chemical weapons against civilians, in charge of fighting against “subjugation, domination and exploitation” of peoples.

Syria joins the 24-nation Special Committee on Decolonization or C-24, which was established to “decolonize,” among others, the US Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Damascus’s newly elected UN envoy, Bassam al-Sabbagh, will represent his country at the forum starting in June, Thursday’s announcement said.

“My country has always supported the proceedings of the special committee, as well as the efforts of the committee to reinforce the right to self-determination,” a Syrian representative said, commenting on the appointment.

Also on Thursday, the UN released a report by the UN Syria Commission of Inquiry condemning the Assad regime for a “decade of death, denial and destruction,” charging the dictator with the “most heinous of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law perpetrated against the civilian population in Syria.”

Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, an independent non-governmental human rights organization based in Geneva, slammed Syria’s appointment as “morally repulsive and logically absurd,” calling on the UN secretary-general to intervene.

“Putting Syria on top UN committees only helps the Assad regime portray itself a UN arbiter of human rights. It’s an insult to Syria’s millions of victims,” Neuer said. “Morally, Mr. Guterres should do the right thing and at the very least condemn Syria’s candidacy.”

Perhaps Prime Minister Netanyahu said it best when he described the UN as the “theatre of the absurd.”

Posted on February 22, 2021

Source: (Bridges for Peace, February 18, 2021)

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