A leading international rights group said in a new report that the Assad regime is co-opting humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance and sometimes using it to "entrench repressive policies." Human Rights Watch called on donors and investors to ensure their contributions are used for the good of the Syrian people. The Assad regime has developed a policy and legal framework to divert "reconstruction resources to fund its atrocities, punish those…
Ten Lebanese civil society organizations launched a campaign against racism and to show solidarity with the Syrian refugees and their rights in Lebanon. They slammed the fueling of hostility and hatred against refugees as they called for respect for international conventions and treaties and the enhancement of the contribution of refugees to the Lebanese economy. In a press release issued on Thursday, the NGOs said that the hate speech is…
Dozens of people were killed and wounded in Assad regime and Russian bombardment in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria on Wednesday. The United Nations asked Russia to explain how it uses data on the location of Syrian hospitals and clinics following a string of attacks on health facilities. Local news networks reported that the aerial and artillery bombardment killed eight civilians, including women and children, in Idlib province on…
Dozens of Lebanese intellectuals, journalists and rights activists on Tuesday issued a statement denouncing the racist campaign against the Syrian refugees in Lebanon. They said that the Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is leading this “hysteria campaign.” The statement said that the racist campaign is targeting people who were displaced from their country as a result of the brutality of the Assad regime. It noted that a component of the…
The Association of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon condemned the exertion of pressure by Lebanese parties aligned the with Assad regime on the Syrian refugees in Lebanon to force them to return to Syria in risky conditions. It cited the Assad regime’s continued war crimes against civilians. The Association condemned the handing over of Syrian dissidents and military defectors to the Assad regime, stressing that it was contrary to divine laws,…
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