UNESCO weighs ousting Syria from rights committee

Officials at UNESCO are preparing to decide whether to remove Syria from a human rights committee.

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2012, 22:24 PM IST

Paris: Officials at UNESCO are preparing to decide whether to remove Syria from a human rights committee as the Syrian government proceeds with its deadly crackdown on protesters.

A commission of the UN cultural body`s executive board is expected to debate Syria`s role on the committee today.

Several countries want to unseat Syria from the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations. The committee deals with multiple issues, but has a strong human rights component.

Syria was named to the committee in November. Now, a number of countries, from the United States and Britain to Qatar and Kuwait, are mounting a campaign to remove Syria.

Bureau Report