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Senior UN Officials decried the “plight of civilians” resulting from conflict in 2023 as “resoundingly dire” on Tuesday, pointing out civilian suffering and disregard for international humanitarian and human rights law around the world. Their remarks coincide with the 75th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions (GC), which the international community created in the aftermath [...]

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Syrian and international human rights groups and victims’ associations called upon the French government to support the independent investigation against Bashar Al-Assad on the 2013 Syrian chemical attack in a joint statement published on Wednesday. The 39 organisations, among which the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression and Amnesty International, saluted international efforts [...]

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The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) indicted former Syrian Vice President Rifaat al-Assad on Tuesday, referring him to the Federal Criminal Court for trial. The OAG accused al-Assad of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity while serving as commander of the defense brigades and commander of operations in the Syrian city of [...]

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Syria’s opposition government said Saturday that government forces shelled the northwestern village of Qaqfin, located in Idlib, Syria. The shelling resulted in the death of ten civilians, drawing further attention to allegations of human rights violations committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  In a press release, the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) revealed [...]

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Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on Thursday (Legislative Decree No 36 of 2023) granting amnesty for certain crimes committed before the decree was issued, subject to conditions. Judge Muhammad Eid Baloza announced that 350 prisoners in Damascus have been released under the decree as of Saturday. The decree stated that misdemeanors and violations [...]

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague issued an interim order on Thursday directing the Syrian government to “take all measures within its powers” to prevent torture. This development comes from a case brought by the Netherlands and Canada, accusing Syria of engaging in a prolonged campaign of torturing its own citizens. The [...]

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Security forces in Syria fired at anti-government protestors Wednesday in Sweida, a Druze city in the southwest of the country, according to a correspondent from news outlet Suwayda 24. The protestors were fired upon near the entrance of a local Ba’ath party building after they attempted to shut it down. Suwayda 24’s correspondent said security [...]

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Protests in southern Syria entered their fifth day on Thursday, in the Druze city of Sweida. The origin of these protests is attributed to the rise in fuel prices, which has subsequently worsened the already challenging economic conditions prevalent in the area. At the core of the demonstrators’ demands is the call for the removal [...]

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Talks in China between Iran and Saudi Arabia Friday concluded with the two countries agreeing to re-establish diplomatic relations. In a statement, the two nations expressed their desire to “resolve the disagreements between them through dialogue and diplomacy.” The main goal in the re-opening of relations is to “enhancregional and international peace and security.” Under [...]

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