Syria president reduces prison sentences of rebel fighters Peter Snyder at 10:24 AM ET
[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] issued a decree Tuesday reducing prison terms by three quarters for some members of rebel forces. The decree, announced by the state news agency SANA [media website], has been condemned [Reuters report] by activists for doing nothing to free thousands of political prisoners arrested by the Syrian government both before and during the current Syrian Civil War [JURIST backgrounder]. Activists claim that tens of thousands of political prisoners including women and children are being held by the Syrian government.
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