The State of Kuwait reiterated that a political solution remains the only viable solution in Syria and one that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people in line with the Geneva Communique of 2012. In a speech before the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Kuwait’s Permanent Envoy to the UN, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, called for paying more attention to humanitarian needs such as…
The Association of Syrian Layers and Local Councils in many towns in northern Syria called on the United Nations to provide international protection to more than four million civilians living in Idlib and its countryside as they warned of potential crimes of genocide and mass forced displacement by the Assad regime forces, Russia and Iran. "In the event that the State is unable or unwilling to protect its citizens, the…
The head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) on Syria, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, said that IIIM experts and investigators have collected about a million documents relating to violations and crimes committed in Syria. Her remarks came as the Assad regime and its allies continue to bomb towns and villages in Idlib province. In an interview with Asharq al-Awsat published on Friday, Marchi-Uhel noted that the IIIM task was to…
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said that the Assad regime had displaced over one million people during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict. In a report released on Wednesday, the Geneva-based Commission said that the majority of the displaced people are "now living in dire conditions." It also said the Assad regime used chemical weapons in three occasions in the same…
A film that follows two friends through four nightmarish years of the Syrian revolution has lifted some of the top prizes at the Venice film festival, which ends Saturday. Still Recording, a war documentary by Ghiath Ayoub and Saeed Al Batal, records what happened to two idealistic art students after they were swept up in the fervor of the Syrian revolution. It picked up two awards at Venice Critics’ Week.…
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