Amnesty International’s report about atrocities taking place at Saydnaya prison prompted a strong reaction from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who, "was horrified about what was in the report," according to UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. "We have repeatedly raised serious concerns about the grave violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law in Syria, including in detention centers and government-run prisons," Dujarric told reporters at UN headquarters in New…
As many as 13,000 opponents of the Assad regime were secretly hanged in one of Assad’s most infamous prisons between 2011 and 2015 as part of an extermination policy ordered by the highest levels of the Assad regime, Amnesty International said. Thousands more people held in Saydnaya prison died under torture and starvation, Amnesty said in a new report released on Monday. The bodies were dumped in two mass graves…
Lawyers representing the sister of a Syrian man alleged to have been tortured to death in a detention center in Damascus in 2013 have launched a criminal complaint against members of the Assad regime security forces in Spain's national court in Madrid on Wednesday. The sister, who is only identified in the complaint as Mrs AH, claims she is a victim of Syrian state terrorism because her brother was arbitrarily…
Following the approval late last year of an independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, the United Nations on Thursday announced that the mechanism will be headed by a senior judge or prosecutor with extensive criminal investigations and prosecutions experience. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said that the mechanism will be established in phases…
Senior United Nations relief officials on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to do more to ensure the delivery of life-saving aid to civilians in the besieged and hard-to-reach areas. They warned that aid workers are "blocked at every turn" while some 4.6 million people live in hard-to-reach areas across the war-ravaged country. In addition, an estimated 644,000 people live in 13 areas under siege in the country. The UN…
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