Syrian Activists to Bear Witness at Special Forum on Opening Day of 21st Human Rights Council

Bearing Witness: Human Rights and Accountability in Syria

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Syrian activists, journalists and bloggers will provide first person accounts of the situation in Syria at this special forum on the Opening Day of the 21st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Bearing Witness

Human Rights and Accountability in Syria

A year and a half after the beginning of the uprising, the human rights situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, triggering a spiral of violence and a humanitarian crisis.  On the opening day of the 21st Session of the Human Rights Council, we are pleased to announce a special forum where Syrian human rights defenders, journalists and bloggers will deliver direct testimonies and reflect the perspectives of the victims.

Introduction by

Ms. Navanethem Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre
President of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Moderator

Mr. Riz Khan
International Television Journalist and Author

Panelists

Mr. Muhanad al-Hassani
Human Rights Defender, Syria

Mr. Amer Matar
Syrian Journalist

Mr. Mohammad Abdallah
Syrian Journalist and Blogger in Exile

Ms. Lotte Leicht
Director, Human Rights Watch, Brussels Office

Monday 10 September 2012
From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Room XVIII
Palais des Nations

This side event is sponsored by the following diplomatic missions: France, Germany, United Kingdom,
Qatar, United States of America, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia and the European Union.

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