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UN Rights Council Emergency Session On Syria Opens

The UN Human Rights Council will discuss a draft resolution on investigating rights abuses in Syria.
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

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