The situation in Syria continues to worsen. A UN sponsored commission, led by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, has just issued a report on the deteriorating conditions there and the suffering of civilians. Pinheiro, who collaborated with Choices on its human rights curriculum, testified today (12.2.11) in an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Commission, “The extreme suffering of the population inside and outside Syria must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Victims expect nothing less from the United Nations and its member states.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has called for urgent measures by the international community.

In this video Pinheiro describes the role of UN in protecting human rights.

We at Choices plan to release a Teaching with the News on the latest developments on the Arab Spring in about ten days. An updated version of Shifting Sands: Balancing U.S. Interests in the Middle East is schedule for release in late 2011.

Here are a few interesting sources on current events in Syria:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/09/2011923115735281764.html

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/12/142270039/arab-league-suspends-syria-other-options-unclear

http://video.pbs.org/video/2165728968/