Panel Discussion on Human Rights in Syria – 34th Meeting, 34th Regular Session Human Rights Council

Geneve 14 March 2017 – High-level panel discussion on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic

Chair: H.E. Mr. Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, President of the Human Rights Council

Opening statements:

Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right

s Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

Mr. Kevin Kennedy, United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Crisis

Moderator: Ms. Arwa Damon, journalist and Senior International Correspondent for CNN

Panellists:

• Mr. Mazen Darwish, lawyer and free speech advocate, Director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) and detained for over three years

• Ms. Joumana Seif, lawyer actively engaged with the Syrian Women’s Network

• Ms. Noura Al-Ameer, former detainee, activist and former Vice-President of the Syrian National Coalition

• Mr. Fadel Abdul Ghani, Executive Director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights

• Mr. Sarmad Al-Jilane, Co-Founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Researcher on Extremist Groups in the Middle East

34th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council. 

HRC extranet (information on daily updates, draft documentation, copies of oral statements etc.) 

SPEAKERS

High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Crisis, Mr. Kevin Kennedy

Journalist & Senior International Correspondent for CNN, Ms. Arwa Damon

Executive Director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Mr. Fadel Abdul Ghani

lawyer actively engaged with the Syrian Women’s Network, Ms. Joumana Seif

Activist and former Vice- of the Syrian National Coalition, Ms. Noura Aljizawi

Co-Founder of the organization “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”& researcher on Extremist Groups in the Middle East, Mr. Sarmad Al-Jilane

lawyer & free speech Advocate, Director of the Syrian Centre for Media & Freedom of Expression, Mr. Mazen Darwish

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (On behalf of a Group of Countries), Mr. Julian Braithwaite

Bahrain (On Behalf of The Gulf CooperationCouncil ), Mr. Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri

European Union, Mr. Peter Sørensen

Norway, Mr. Paul Ø. Bjørdal

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr. Julian Braithwaite

Australia, Ms. Renée Arian

Spain, Mr. Victor Puigdollers De Balle

New Zealand, Mr. Jarrod Philip Clyne

Uruguay, Ms. Agustina Camilli Prado

GermanY, Ms. Antje Leenderste

Israel, Ms. Aviva Raz Shechter

Belgium, Ms. Marleen Steenbrugghe

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Mr. Jeremie Smith

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Ms. Sarah Boukhary

Human Rights Watch, Ms. Laila Matar

Qatar, Mr. Ali Khalfan Al-Mansouri

Slovenia, Mr. Vojislav ŠUC

Liechtenstein, Mr. Peter Matt

Iran (Islamic Republic of ), Mr. Mohammad Zareian

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic Of), Mr. Emilio Segundo Barroeta Guillén

France , Ms. Elisabeth Laurin

Bolivia (Plurinational State of ), Mr. Olmer Torrejon Alcoba

Maldives, Ms. Hala Hameed

Netherlands, Mr. Reinout Vos

United States Of America, Mr. Bill Mozdzierz

Russian Federation, Mr. Aleksei Goltiaev

Switzerland, Mr. Valentin Zellweger

Italy, Ms. Daniela D’orlandi

Portugal, Ms. Manuela Teixeira Pinto

Iraq, Mr. Mohammed Adnan

Conseil International pour le soutien à des procès équitables et aux Droits de l’Homme, Mr. Abdulhameed Dashti

World Council of Arameans (Syriacs), Mr. Jacob Harman

Advocates for Human Rights, Ms. Ruth Mbabazi Za Mukama

International Organization for The Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Ms. Giulia Squadrin

Journalist & Senior International Correspondent for CNN, Ms. Arwa Damon

Lawyer actively engaged with the Syrian Women’s Network, Ms. Joumana Seif

Executive Director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Mr. Fadel Abdul Ghani

Co-Founder of the organization “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”& researcher on Extremist Groups in the Middle East, Mr. Sarmad Al-Jilane

Activist and former Vice- of the Syrian National Coalition, Ms. Noura Aljizawi

lawyer & free speech Advocate, Director of the Syrian Centre for Media & Freedom of Expression, Mr. Mazen Darwish

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