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Chapter 9: Human Rights, International Law, and Norms
The Syrian Arab Republic has been in the midst of a violent civil war since early 2011. The deteriorating situation in Syria, and the reports of gross human rights violations led the UN Human Rights Council to form an independent commission to investigate these events. Commission reports are submitted periodically to the UN General Assembly. Consider the following excerpts from the commission's first report, submitted on November 23, 2011:1
23. The Syrian Arab Republic is party to most major international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Right, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of ...