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13/02/2012

Now the UN General Assembly Discusses Situation in Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

New York, 13 February – The UN General Assembly began meeting on 13 Feb. to discuss the situation inside Syria, where thousands of people have been killed as a result of the Government’s ongoing crackdown against a pro-democracy uprising.

UN General Assembly | Credit: UN

The General Assembly meeting takes place only few days after the UN Security Council failure to adopt specific actions against the dictatorial regime in Syria and aimed at halting its brutal repression against civilian population. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will brief Member States on the latest developments, while representatives of more than a dozen countries are also scheduled to address the meeting, the UN reports.

The 193-member General Assembly will also discuss the report of the UN Human Rights Council from December last year in which that body strongly condemned abuses by Syrian authorities carried out as part of the crackdown.

More than 5,000 people have been killed since the uprising – part of the broader Arab Spring movement across North Africa and the Middle East – began in March last year, and senior UN officials have repeatedly urged the Government to stop the violence and hold dialogue with opposition groups.

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13/02/2012

Libyan Civil Society: Capacity Building Urgently Needed

Human Wrongs Watch

Libyan civil society organzations (CSOs) are now faced with three key challenges: internal development of knowledge; focus on holding new authorities accountable, and conversion from emergency-driven organizations to development-driven ones, according to a survey.

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Conducted by the Amman-based Foundation for the Future* (FFF), the survey “Assessing the Needs of Civil Society in Libya” recalls that in February 2011 was initiated in Libya an uprising which progressively opened and transformed the country’s political and societal spectrum.

Namely, the removal of the 42-years-long dictatorship undid an extremely restrictive legal and political framework which was prohibiting, among other, any sort of gathering of the civil society.

It is impressive to note that as soon as the field of possibilities expanded, that is to say as soon as Benghazi fell under the control of the opposition, CSOs started mushrooming, accounting for a genuine craze of the population to take part in the reconstruction and development process needed in Benghazi and more generally in the country,” says FFF.

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