The UN Human Rights Council has begun an emergency session on Syria.
The session on August 22, called by 24 member states -- including Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar -- will debate a draft resolution calling for a fuller investigation into rights abuses there.
The meeting was pushed back to the afternoon due to a problem with the meeting room's microphone system.
Rights groups say some 2,200 people have been killed as part of a government-led crackdown aimed at quashing mass protests calling for an end to President Bashar al-Assad's rule.
The UN is set to consider whether the government's response amounted to crimes against humanity.
This session closely follows the arrival of a UN humanitarian mission in Damascus.
It also comes a day after Assad warned against foreign interference
in an address to the nation.
compiled from agency reports