Hundreds of European, American, and Arab writers, thinkers, scientists, researchers, and artists issued a statement condemning the crimes of the Assad regime and calling for bringing him to trial as a war criminal. The statement urged international institutions to assume their role after the UN Security Council became a hostage to the Russian and Chinese vetoes. Signatories of the statement stressed the need for urgent, concrete action to put an…
The United Nations on Wednesday called for greater efforts to address the needs of more than 7 million women and girls in Syria impacted by the conflict, now approaching its 7th year."After six years of conflict, Syria's family structure has changed dramatically," said Kevin Kennedy, the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria. "Women are taking on roles more traditionally associated with men, such as paid labor and…
Syrian children terrified by shelling and airstrikes are showing signs of severe emotional distress and could grow up to be a generation “lost to trauma,” international charity Save the Children warned on Monday. Interviews with more than 450 children and adults showed a high level of psychological stress among children, with many suffering from frequent bedwetting or developing speech impediments. At least three million children are estimated to be living…
A UN chemical weapons watchdog is examining allegations of eight toxic gas attacks in Syria since January this year, according to a report released today. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is tasked with investigating allegations of such attacks in Syria after the Assad government joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013. In a report to the Security Council, OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said: "Eight incidents of alleged…
Seven Syrian torture survivors, two lawyers and a human rights group have filed a criminal complaint in Germany against officials of Bashar al-Assad's secret service. The complaint names and seeks international arrest warrants against six high-level officials of the Assad regime’s Military Intelligence Service, in whose Damascus prisons the claimants say they were tortured or witnessed torture. According to witness testimony, prisoners were beaten with pipes, sticks and meat hooks…
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