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On Syria, as Rice Says Pillay Should Brief UNSC, Brazil Checks with Capital

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 8 -- After her report on Syria, Navi Pillay the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will be briefing the press in New York on December 9. Now a request has been made in the UN Security Council to have Pillay brief the Council.

  US Ambassador Susan Rice, asked if she thought Pillay should brief the Council, said "We think she should."

  UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told the Press that he think it will happen, but members have to ask their capitals.

  And Brazil's Deputy Permanent Representative Regina Dunlop told the Press, "we are going to consult our capital."

  While Brazil often takes the side of what one Security Council Permanent Representative dismissively calls the "human rights industry," in this case Brazil has been part of the initiative of IBSA, along with South Africa and India.

(c) UN Photo
Pillay, HRW and... d'Escoto Brockmann, rep of Libya and Syria briefing not shown

  One wonders if the three IBSAs will have a common position when consultations on whether to have Pillay brief resume. There is also the question of China and Russia, which has the Council presidency this month. Watch this site.

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