Dutch and French activists on Sunday called for an international investigation into the death of Syrian refugees under torture in Lebanon and for holding perpetrators to account. The calls came during a sit-in at Westmarket square in the Dutch capital Amsterdam where participants announced they were going on a hunger strike to protest against the death of the refugees. Dutch activist and writer Désanne van Brederode, who has been on…
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration sees no long-term role for the Assad family and the Assad regime in Syria. Speaking to reporters at a briefing on the sidelines of the G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany, Tillerson said that "how" Bashar Assad "leaves is yet to be determined." However, Tillerson said he thinks there will be a transition away from the Assad government. “We have…
The UN Security Council on Thursday reaffirmed its full support for the UN-OPCW investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria in remarks made by Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN. Council members reiterated their strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons at the end of a closed-door briefing at the UN Security Council on Thursday on recent chemical attacks in Syria. Jieyi said that the…
Rights groups on Wednesday called for an independent, transparent investigation into the deaths of Syrian refugees under torture in the prisons of the Lebanese army. They also called for holding those responsible to account. Human Rights Watch and Lebanese NGO LIFE called for a full investigation to determine the circumstances behind the four deaths. "In light of the army’s own admission that the health condition of the detainees deteriorated while…
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday announced the appointment of Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France as the head of the independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for most serious violations of international law in Syria, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. The panel, formally known as the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible…
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