FNs menneskerettsråd har behandlet situasjonen i Syria én gang, for tre måneder siden. – En skam, sier 28 menneskerettsorganisasjoner i et brev til FN. De forlanger handling.

Appellen er ført i pennen av UN Watch.

«It’s wrong for the world’s top human rights body to turn a blind eye to Syria’s massacre of its own people, whether in Hama, Deir al-Zour, Idlib, Binnish or elsewhere,» said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

The majority of the council, including African, Asian and Islamic states, generally oppose «naming and shaming» countries. Influential members China, Russia, and Cuba have defended Syria at the council. Brazil, India and South Africa blocked strong action by the Security Council in New York.

«When the UN allows power politics to trump human rights, the Assad regime gets a free pass to commit mass murder in broad daylight,» said Neuer.

The groups called on the council to address the bloody crackdown in an emergency session, to hold televised hearings in Geneva where victims could testify, and to create a special investigator into human rights violations by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Led by UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights advocacy group, the appeal was submitted in a letter today to council president Laura Dupuy Lasserre, signed by 27 non-governmental, humanitarian and church groups from Australia, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Switzerland, Uganda, the US and Vietnam.

The NGOs criticized the council for holding only one meeting on Syria more than three months ago, saying the UN body had «failed to take prompt or effective action to protect the victims of Syrian mass killings.»