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Legal News
17 Sep 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] UN investigators testified before the UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday that human rights violations in Syria committed by both sides of the conflict are growing in number and severity [press release]. Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Opposition fighters in Syria are committing war crimes [press release], including torture and extrajudicial and summary executions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Monday. HRW documented war crimes in the cities of Aleppo, Latakia and Idlib. Although opposition fighters initially assured HRW they would not commit war crimes, … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] issued a statement on Friday calling for increased aid for the 2.5 million Syrians affected by the ongoing civil uprising against President Bashar al-Assad [JURIST news archive]. The aid request for the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan was … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] told a General Assembly meeting on Wednesday that both Syrian and rebel forces are responsible for perpetrating widespread rights abuses across the nation. In a statement [text] accompanying his remarks, Ban noted that the situation in Syria is "grave and deteriorating" and urged … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] called Monday for an immediate and impartial investigation [press briefing] into the killing of hundreds of civilians in Daraya, Syria. According to spokesperson Martin Nesirky, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] is already looking into the incident. … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] will cease its work [official statement, PDF] on Sunday at midnight, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet announced a press briefing on Thursday. According to Mulet, the mission must cease its work because the two conditions required … [read more]


Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Syrian forces and their supporting Shabbiha fighters have committed "war crimes and gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law," according to a report [text, DOC; press release, PDF] released Wednesday by the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI). The report found that government and Shabbiha forces … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] on Monday expressed concern [statement, PDF; press release] about the growing number of civilian casualties in violent clashes between government forces and armed opposition groups. UN Military Adviser, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, told reporters he was disappointed with … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] passed a resolution [press release] on Friday criticizing the Syrian government for increasing its use of heavy weapons and calling on both sides of the conflict to stop fighting. The non-binding resolution, which passed by a vote of 133-12, also chastised the UN … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] on Wednesday renewed its call [UN News Centre report] for an end to the violence between the Syrian government and opposition forces in preparation for planned food assistance by the World Food Programme (WFP) [official website]. UNSMIS spokesperson Sausan Ghosheh … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday published a report holding the Syrian government responsible for human rights violations in Aleppo that AI claims amount to crimes against humanity. "All-out repression: Purging dissent in Aleppo, Syria" [report, PDF; press release] documents how security forces and militias routinely used live … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday insisted that the Syrian government take steps to protect civilians [statement] during armed conflicts. Pillay noted that recent violence in the country has often led to the death of civilians who were not notified that the conflict … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused government forces and rebels in Syria [JURIST news archive] of summarily capturing and killing [press release] opposition forces in violation of international humanitarian law. The AI report came after 19 bodies were found, including unarmed men and one child, in Damascus … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Monday expressed his concern that Syria [JURIST news archive] could potentially use chemical weapons in its ongoing conflict. Ban expressed his hopes that the international community would keep a close eye on the situation [UN News Centre report], even though the Syrian … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Friday extended the UN monitoring mission in Syria for an additional 30 days. The mandate for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website], deployed as part of the peace plan of UN Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan [official profile], received … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] UN observers confirmed [press release, PDF] Saturday that an attack on activists and army defectors in the Syrian village of Tremseh occurred on Thursday. The United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) reported signs of military presence: "There were pools of blood and blood spatters in rooms of several … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and three other rights groups on Wednesday urged [letter, PDF; press release] the UN Security Council to renew the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website], which is scheduled to end on July 20. In an open letter to the Security Council, the rights groups … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] UN Chief Military Observer in Syria Major-General Robert Mood on Thursday stated that he believed Syrian authorities were committed to implementing the peace agreement that was reached earlier this week. Mood confirmed [UN News Centre report] that the Syrian government was serious about administering the six-point peace agreement [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] suspended its mission to supervise the implementation of a peace plan in the country on Saturday. Major General Robert Mood, head of the UNSMIS mission, blamed the group's exit from Syria [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on "an escalation in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] unanimously approved a resolution [press release] Saturday to send 300 unarmed soldiers and other civilian aid to Syria for 90 days to supervise the implementation of a peace plan. The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) will track whether Syrian officials follow the … [read more]

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