June 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday declared a general amnesty for the country's prisoners, appearing to apply the decree to at least some anti-government activists and protesters, according to the official SANA news agency. The declaration closely follows the president's reelection last ...[read more]
May 17, 2014
by William Helbling
French police on Tuesday arrested in Strasbourg seven men who were suspected of fighting alongside rebels within Syria. The arrest was conducted by French Police special unit Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion (RAID), and no weapons nor explosive devices were found in possession of the ...[read more]
March 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday accused Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus. The report, entitled "Squeezing the Life Out of Yarmouk: War Crimes Against ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday accused the US of undermining efforts to try the Syrian government and its president Bashar al-Assad in the International Criminal Court (ICC). In its World Report 2014, HRW said the US focused too much on peace talks with Syria rather than putting "real ...[read more]
December 2, 2013
by Max Slater
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday that there is growing evidence that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the nation's ongoing civil war. At a press conference, Pillay declared that there is " ...[read more]
September 14, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in a UN meeting on Friday that an expert team's report will likely confirm the use of chemical weapons in the August 21 attack on Damascus.The attack, which has been attributed to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, deployed the nerve agent ...[read more]
August 5, 2013
by Endia Vereen
Syria's main opposition group on Sunday urged the UN to probe numerous massacres they say were committed during Ramadan by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (ETILAF) allege that Assad committed crimes against humanity ...[read more]
April 16, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 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, has been condemned by activists for doing nothing to free thousands of political prisoners arrested by the Syrian ...[read more]
February 13, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that the death toll resulting from two years of armed conflict in Syria is approaching 70,000. The conflict and subsequent deaths arose out of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which began with peaceful protests that ...[read more]
January 15, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On January 15, 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad end the violence in that country against the Syrian people. Despite subsequent gestures by al-Assad towards constitutional reform in February 2012 and voter approval of these reforms, government ...[read more]

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