Russian airstrikes in Syria are reported to have killed dozens of civilians, Human Rights Watch has said, adding that the attacks apparently constitute war crimes. A series of Russian airstrikes in the city of Homs in western Syria on Oct.15th killed at least 59 civilians including 33 children, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Sunday -- citing local residents and activists. The group added that the attacks constituted…
The German government cannot imagine a scenario where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plays a role in a transitional government with full executive powers, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday. "As far as I can see, there are many players and powers in the region, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, for which it is unthinkable -- and we can’t imagine this either -- that Assad could be part…
France will submit a new draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling on the Assad regime to stop using barrel bombs as well as condemning other "indiscriminate attacks" against civilians, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday."We have to ensure that the regime stops bombing the civilian population," Fabius told reporters in a joint press conference with the UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura in Paris.Fabius also announced…
Leading Syrian and international human rights defenders and experts, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, organized a panel discussion on the human rights situation in Syria on Wednesday with particular focus on enforced disappearances and detention conditions, including torture and other ill-treatment.The main objective of the panel is to raise awareness among the United Nations diplomatic community about the tens of thousands of people…
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday it was difficult to envision a role for Iran in Syria peacemaking efforts due to its military role in the conflict there.Al-Jubeir made the statements during a joint conference with Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who arrived in Riyadh from Iran on a mission largely focused on seeking ways to end the war in Syria.Jubeir repeated Riyadh's view that Bashar al-Assad, who…
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