Special report on the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council

The 53rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) activities and events was launched on 19 June and continued until 14 July 2023. Council discussions for this session included a range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, with a special focus on violence and discrimination against women and freedom of expression.

The periodic resolution on the situation of human rights in Syria was adopted and issued on July 13 under the number A/HRC/RES/53/18, demanding the Syrian Government to meets its responsibility to respect and protect the human rights of all persons within its jurisdiction in a manner consistent with the applicable international law obligations. The resolution also focused on women and girls’ recognition that they have been disproportionately affected by the crisis for a myriad number of reasons. 

On the margin of the session’s activities, and in the context of communication and interaction with states concerned with the situation of human rights in Syria, especially the member states of the Human Rights Council and non-governmental organisation, SCM’s team held a number of bilateral meetings with representatives of States Permanent Mission and international NGOs in consultative status with the Social and Economic Council.

The SCM team also prepared and submitted three Oral Interventions, two on item /3/ and one on item /4/ to the HRC53.

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