The Future Movement’s parliamentary bloc led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned of repeated attempts to trap Lebanon into the Iranian-Syrian alliance through communicating with the regime outside national political agreements. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the bloc said that it considers this behavior as an attempt to push Lebanon into the Iranian-Syrian axis under various pretexts. It reaffirmed total rejection of dragging Lebanon into this axis. “They are…
Switzerland is investigating Rifaat al-Assad, uncle of Bashar al-Assad for war crimes he committed in Hama city in the 1980s, Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger said on Monday. A complaint was brought against Rifaat in Switzerland in 2013 for involvement in the Hama 1982 Massacre. The Geneva-based activists and lawyer group TRIAL International said that it had brought the complaint against Rifaat al-Assad for massacres in Tadmor in 1980 and Hama…
Aerial attacks by the US-led coalition near Raqqa killed at least 84 civilians, including 30 children in March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Monday. The conclusions were based on an on-the-ground investigation into the attacks. The 42-page report, “All Feasible Precautions? Civilian Casualties in Anti-ISIS Coalition Airstrikes in Syria,” documented coalition attacks in March on a school housing displaced families in the town of Mansourah and…
The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) on Friday said that more than 27,000 images of torture and killings perpetrated by the Assad regime been handed to German prosecutors who are investigating possible abuses. ECCHR’s General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck said that the photos “show the extent and the systematic nature of torture" under the Assad regime. So far, no international investigators or prosecutors in any other country or…
Qatar stressed the need to stop the continued serious violations of international law and international humanitarian law being committed by the Assad regime against Syrian civilians. The remarks were made at a speech delivered by Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani at a meeting held on Syria on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Al-Thani called on the…
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