The Assad regime has "systematically rejected" multiple requests to visit prisons suspected of torturing inmates, a United Nations spokesperson said Tuesday. Thousands of prisoners are believed to be subjected to cruel treatment, including torture according to The Associated Press. "Various U.N. entities have regularly documented and reported on human rights violations in Syria, including torture in the context of detention," UNSG spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters. "We are extremely concerned…
The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the entire European Union “is united behind the goal of a political solution to the war, and the means to achieve it” as she stressed accountability for war crimes as key to resolving the conflict in Syria. In a speech to the European Parliament on the EU Strategy on Syria during a plenary session of the European Parliament on Tuesday,…
The Assad regime has constructed and is using a crematorium at its notorious Sednaya military prison near Damascus to clandestinely dispose of the bodies of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility, the US State Department said Monday. “Thousands of executed detainees have been dumped in mass graves in recent years,” said acting US Assistant Secretary of State Stuart Jones. Jones said the crematorium allows the regime to manage…
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called for “a political solution that achieves justice for the Syrian people who have experienced the worst because they dared to aspire to freedom and justice.” “The Syrian regime has displaced its people and changed its demographic structure instead of changing itself,” Al Thani said at the opening of the 17th Doha Forum on Sunday. The forum, held under the theme “Development,…
President Trump notified Congress Tuesday that he is extending US sanctions and other national-security actions against the Assad regime due to its use of chemical and biological weapons against Syrian civilians. “The regime’s brutality and repression of the Syrian people, who have been calling for freedom and a representative government, not only endangers the Syrian people themselves, but also generates instability throughout the region,” The White House said in a…
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