Violence Continues in Syria as Election Nears

Syria's anticipated election to the U.N.'s top human rights body is drawing growing, behind-the-scenes opposition because of the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Human rights groups and a growing number of governments are working to prevent Syria from becoming a member of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. The election has been all but assured unless another candidate enters the race or Syria fails to win a majority of votes in the May 20 election in the 192-member General Assembly. Diplomats say the opposition has gathered steam since a crackdown on pro-democracy protests since mid-March has left more than 350 dead and hundreds wounded. For the latest updates from Syria stay with 9&10 News. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)