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Center will be led by International Human Rights Law Expert and Professor James Cavallaro STANFORD, Calif.
The right to freedom of expression (speech) is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
More broadly, the activities of the US and efforts to avoid state accountability aroused conceptual and practical controversies concerning the exercise of international human rights laws and treaties beyond a nation's borders.
Pillay's report will say there is "evidence that Syria has committed grave violations of international human rights law," said one diplomat with knowledge of the report.
In a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council, states supporting the move urged Syria to "immediately allow the mission of the High Commissioner unfettered access to investigate and establish the facts and circumstances surrounding all violations and abuses of international human rights law.
But Sri Lanka's deputy solicitor general said the discussions "once again demonstrate the urgent need for a credible accounting of, and accountability for, violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law noted that the LLRC "certainly wasn't mandated to focus on accountability, human rights violations or war crimes.
And we would ask that they respect and treat this citizen in a manner consistent with international human rights law," he added.
A UN working group this week pronounced her detention a breach of international human rights law, prompting new calls for her release.