The State of Qatar has renewed its support for the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism to hold accountable those accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, stressing that sustainable peace in Syria can only be achieved through justice by ensuring accountability. This came in a statement made by HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani at…
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said that well-known citizen-journalist Ali Mahmoud Othman probably died in detention in 2013. Othman gained prominence for his coverage of the Assad regime’s artillery bombardment of Homs and for helping foreign reporters. He disappeared after he was detained by the Assad regime in 2012. “All possible light must be shed on the status of Ali Othman and the other journalists who disappeared after being arrested by…
Syrian ranked 174th in the world in terms of press freedom as journalists continue to be murdered and subject to tough restrictions, the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said. In its 2019 Press Freedom Index, the watchdog said that the fear machine is working at its full potential, severely undermining the practice of journalism in calm conditions. The report, which annually assesses the state of the press in 180 countries,…
The United Nations on Monday said that it wants to do more to help the people of al-Rukban refugee camp in southeast Syria -- those who fled and those are still there -- if granted full access. Dozens have already died in the camp as a result of the tightened blockade the Assad regime and Russia impose on the desert camp. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, expressed…
U.N. Senior Humanitarian Advisor for Syria Najat Rochdi said the United Nations has been receiving troubling reports during the past few weeks of increased military activity and attacks in Idlib. Following her first meeting with her humanitarian team since she took office on Thursday, Rochdi said that 106,000 people have fled their homes since February and at least 190 people have been killed as a direct result of increased fighting.…
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