Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Syria

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
December 2, 2011


Today’s special session of the Human Rights Council on Syria is the latest in the ever expanding chorus of condemnation of the Asad regime’s brutality. I applaud the Council for holding its third special session on Syria since April, with a record 29 co-sponsors.

No nation has been the subject of more than one special session, let alone three, in such a short amount of time. Today’s resolution passed by an overwhelming margin of 37 to 4, including the support of all seven Arab members. I am pleased by the Council’s creation of a special rapporteur to maintain focus on the human rights situation in Syria even after the Commission’s mandate ends.

The United States will continue to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people and to lead the rest of the international community to do the same.


PRN: 2011/290