Syria president forms committee to consider ending emergency law Daniel Makosky at 2:47 PM ET
[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] on Thursday ordered the formation of a committee that will evaluate possible elimination of the country's 48-year-old state of emergency law. The panel will be composed of legal experts and charged with examining potential legislative measures [AP report] that would simultaneously preserve national security and allow the revocation of the emergency law, which permits arrest without charge and bans political protests. The announcement may be an effort to appease demonstrators, whose activity has increased in recent weeks, while also conveying that any forthcoming reforms will proceed at a gradual pace. The committee is expected to complete its report by April 25.
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