A special session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the situation in Syria is scheduled to be held in Geneva on the 21st October.
The session was initiated by the UK and a number of other countries. London's proposal was supported by 33 countries including the US, Germany, France, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The HRC Secretariat noted that the special session is being convened due to the recent deterioration of the situation in Aleppo, as well as the failure to implement international obligations in the field of human rights by the government of Bashar al-Assad and his allies.
A source of Russia's TASS news agency said that the draft resolution for the session has already been developed. “It is expected that the authors of the resolution will criticize the joint operation of the Syrian army and Russian Air Force in Aleppo,” the source said.
Russia has urged the countries of the world to speak out against the initiative. “We call on everyone who thinks that is important to restore peace in Aleppo, and in Syria overall, to vote against this draft resolution,” Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva, Alexey Borodavkin, stated.