Swedish prosecution authorities responded promptly to the first criminal complaint filed in Sweden on torture in Syria. Since April, four of altogether nine Syrian plaintiffs – all of them torture survivors now residing in Sweden – gave witness evidence to the War Crimes Unit. On 19 February 2019, these Syrian women and men had submitted a criminal complaint under the principle of universal jurisdiction against senior Assad regime officials. "We…
Belgium, Germany, and Kuwait on Wednesday requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the Assad regime and its allies’ ongoing onslaught on rural Idlib and Hama. The calls came as the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating as a result of the intensifying bombardment on populated areas and civilian centers in northwestern Syria. The public meeting, expected to be held this week, would follow up on a…
Russia has further stepped up support for the Assad regime in its war against the Syrian people, using the liberated areas in Syria as a test ground for its most advanced weaponry. Igor Krylov, CEO of GNPP Region, a subsidiary of the Russian Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) said that Russia began supplying its air forces with modern bombs manufactured by GNPP Region. The Russian air force has lately used the…
Britain, Germany and France on Monday called for an end to the military escalation in northwestern Syria, saying they were gravely concerned at recent violence which had led to the death of more than 120 civilians. “This military escalation must stop,” said the joint statement from the three countries, issued by Britain’s Foreign Office. “Airstrikes on population centers, indiscriminate bombardment and use of barrel bombs as well as the targeting…
Eight Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations on Monday called on a number of UN Security Council member states to urgently address the widespread arbitrary detentions, kidnapping, torture and other-ill treatment, and enforced disappearances of tens of thousands of Syrians at the hands of the Assad regime. The rights organizations called for immediately return the remains of the victims to their families to allow for proper burials and…
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