On April 19, 2011, the Syrian legislature passed a bill to end the country's state of emergency. Prime Minister Dr. Adel Safar chaired the legislative session that voted to end the emergency law which had been in place since 1963. The government also passed bills to protect the right to peaceful protests under the Syrian Constitution and abolish the Supreme State Security Court, which was established to try political prisoners. The legislation gained support in Syria after a presidential committee composed of legal experts examined the potential legislative measures that would preserve national security in the face of mass protests during March 2011. President Bashar al-Assad signed the bill on April 21, 2011, ending the country's 48-year state of emergency. However, violence and political conflict continues in the country as of April 2012.
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