Amnesty international described the French judiciary’s issuance of arrest warrants for three senior Assad regime security and intelligence officials as "an important step towards delivering justice for the countless victims of gross human rights violations carried out by the Syrian government.” It called on the international community to follow France’s lead by taking steps to end impunity in Syria and hold all perpetrators of these crimes to account.” Amnesty International’s…
Damascus was ranked among the lowest for quality of living across capitals of the Middle East in 2018 based on a variety of standards, including crime rates, oppression of freedoms, corruption, and censorship. Observers attributed this to the spread of the Assad regime’s terrorist groups which control the major sectors of the state and commit the most horrible crimes against Syrian civilians. According to the Mercer index, Damascus ranked 225…
The United Nation’s top humanitarian affairs official on Monday appealed to the UN Security Council for continued aid deliveries to Syria’s civilian population across borders and through front lines, including to the Rukban refugee camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border. Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs, said that “there are continuing reports of children dying due to poor sanitary conditions and a lack of healthcare.” Lowcock drew the UN Security…
The UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura accused the Assad regime of obstructing international efforts to reinvigorate the political process through the launch of the work of the Constitutional Committee. He warned that the political process in Syria was facing a "serious challenge." De Mistura said Friday that Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem rejected the last list of UN-proposed names for the Constitutional Committee and suggested his own method…
World Food Programme spokesman Herve Verhoosel said Tuesday that Syria’s wheat production this year fell to a 29-year low of 1.2 million tons, about two-thirds of last year’s levels. Verhoosel said the drop is due to an extended period of dry weather early in the season followed by heavy, out-of-season rain. Other reasons included the huge waves of displacement of civilians in many parts of the country due to the…
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