Western nations want to end the months-long paralysis at the United Nations over Syria by referring the issue of chemical weapons use to the entire UN general assembly, the Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday. The Russia’s security council veto would not apply at the UN General Assembly. The idea is to draw on a rarely used route first established in the cold war to transfer responsibility for aspects of the…
The European Union said that the Belgian capital, Brussels, would host an international conference on supporting Syria's future and stabilization on April 24-25. The move came fallowing international calls to reinvigorate the Geneva political process aimed at reaching a full political transition. The conference will bring together participants from more than 85 countries and organizations at ministerial level to discuss all key aspects of the Syria crisis, including political, humanitarian…
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday issued a report criticizing Lebanese municipalities for the unjustifiable expulsion of thousands of Syrian refugees from their homes since 2016. The 57-page report, “Our Homes Are Not for Strangers’: Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees by Lebanese Municipalities,” noted that expulsions by municipalities appeared discriminatory and lacked due process. On Wednesday, around 500 Syrian refugees left Lebanon towards the town of Beit Jin south of…
The Assad regime remains able to conduct chemical attacks, though only at a limited level, the Pentagon said Thursday following last week’s international cruise missile strikes on chemical targets. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, said that the Assad regime retains a “residual” chemical capability at a variety of sites across the country. “They will have the ability to conduct limited attacks in the future,” McKenzie…
Those who committed the most serious crimes in Syria must be identified, and criminal case files must be built as the basis for prosecutions, the head of a United Nations body assisting these efforts said Wednesday. Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism, said that her team has already collected around 700,000 documents that would be used as evidence of the war crimes that have been committed…
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