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ASIAN DEMOCRATS DISMAYED AT PROSPECT OF BEING REPRESENTED BY SYRIA AT HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
2011-05-11
ASIAN DEMOCRATS DISMAYED AT PROSPECT OF BEING REPRESENTED BY SYRIA AT HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

10 May 2011

The World Forum for Democratization in Asia (WFDA) is gravely concerned by the likelihood of Syria’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on 20 May, even as it is engaged in a massive deadly crackdown against its own citizens.

At least 700 people have been killed by the Syrian security apparatus (the number continues to rise as the violations are ongoing), as well as thousands arrested and tortured. The UN General Assembly will elect a new group of 15 countries to join the HRC on 20 May, following the practice of regional quotas. The Asian Group (which includes all East, South, and West Asian countries) is allotted four slots to replace outgoing members Bahrain, Japan, Pakistan, and South Korea. Sadly, unlike last year, the Asian Group decided in January to endorse a "closed slate" of exactly four countries, which means that they will be elected unopposed. They are India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Syria.

While no country is completely free of human rights issues, the idea that a government which is right in the midst of committing massive atrocities against its own citizens would be chosen as a new member of the HRC blatantly violates the intent of the Council's creation. It would also make a mockery of the HRC's decision on 29 April to condemn the use of violence, which has only expanded since then.

As Asian democrats, we believe this would mark a serious setback in the development of the HRC as an effective body for addressing human rights violations, and we are dismayed that it comes about as a result of the lack of seriousness on these issues from governments in our region.
Therefore, we call on other Asian countries, particularly those which strive to uphold principles of democracy and human rights, to urgently announce their candidacies, so that a genuinely competitive election can be held. Furthermore, we call on all Asian countries to withhold their votes from Syria on 20 May. Only in this way can the best possible group of countries represent our region in this important body.

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