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General Assembly: High-level panel discussion to brief on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic - Informal meeting of the plenary, 75th session
2 Mar 2021 -  The meeting will allow a high-level panel to brief the General Assembly pursuant to  A/RES/74/169, operative paragraph 37, in which the General Assembly
“Urgently request[ed] the convening of a high-level panel discussion, funded by voluntary contributions, led by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, the Commission of Inquiry and Syrian civil society to brief the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth session on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and encourages United Nations monitoring and reporting to help this panel to further document violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights, including those that may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes, to provide recommendations to facilitate improvements in civilian protection and accountability measures, and to feature witness testimony of Syrian human rights defenders and other Syrian voices through appropriate and safe means”.
In addition to briefing on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic the panel will focus on:
(i) violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights, including those that may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes, in particular arbitrary detention, torture, the missing and disappeared, with a focus on women, peace and security; and,
(ii) recommendations to facilitate improvements in civilian protection and accountability measures.
The high-level panel will be moderated by Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Human Rights and Head, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York. Ms. Brands Kehris will also present OHCHR's role in documentation, accountability, and engagement with key counterparts including the United Nations, humanitarian partners and accountability mechanisms such as the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (COI), the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), the Syrian Government, and civil society.
The high-level panel will be comprised of the following six panelists from the COI and civil society:
• Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair, COI
• Karen Koning AbuZayd, Commissioner, COI
• Hanny Megally, Commissioner, COI
• Mazen Darwish, President, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression;
• Sabah Hallaq, Syrian League for Citizenship
• Wafa Moustafa, Families for Freedom.
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