Amnesty International said that Russia’s use of its veto power at the United Nations Security Council to block a one-year term extension for the joint investigative mechanism (JIM) mandated with investigating chemical attacks in Syria “has dealt a huge blow for justice in Syria.” Amnesty stressed that Russia has “shown once again their callous disregard for all those who have been killed and injured in these attacks.” In a statement…
Samer Ajouri, director of the short animation film The Boy and the Sea, announced he was boycotting the Carthage Film Festival due to be held in Tunis on 4-11 November in protest over the participation of the feature fiction film, Homs’ Rain by pro-Assad film director Joud Saeed. In a statement he posted on his Facebook page on Monday, Ajouri described Joud Saeed as the Syrian regime director and the…
As many as 17 Syrian rights groups and civil society organizations called on the US-led coalition forces to place respect for basic human rights at the top of their priorities as military operations in Deir Ezzor province continue to cause mounting civilian casualties. "At least 329 civilians, including 81 children and 59 women, have been killed in intensive airstrikes on various areas of Deir Ezzor province since August 2017 until…
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Wednesday the United States is circulating a resolution that would extend by another year the work of inspectors seeking to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The US Mission to the United Nations sent reporters the brief final text of the resolution late Friday which would extend the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, known as the JIM, for…
At least 1,800 civilians were killed in the offensive by the US-backed militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to dislodge the ISIS extremist group from Raqqa city, a monitoring group said. In a report released on Thursday, the London-based non-profit Airwars.org said that at least 700 victims have so far been locally named. Some were hit in their homes, some as they fled or reportedly tried to retrieve…
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