The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that an estimated one million Syrian children have lost one or both parents since 2011 when the Assad regime declared war on the Syrian people. The UN agency described the figure as disastrous in all senses, noting that before 2011 Syria had a population of about 25 million people, one-third of them were children. It said that about 10% of Syrian children have…
Former detainees in Assad’s prisons have filed a lawsuit against 17 prominent figures linked to the Assad regime, accusing them of torture in prisons and of violating human rights. Thirteen former detainees filed the lawsuit to the Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice in Germany, supported by human rights organizations and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The plaintiffs accused officers in the Syrian army, officials…
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that it had recorded 39 massacres that took place in Syria during the month of October, 27 of which were committed by the Assad regime forces. In a report published on Wednesday, the monitoring group said that Russian forces were responsible for 42% of the total number of the massacres, while the international coalition forces were responsible for 24% more. The Network…
Russia one again announced it was opposing a draft UN resolution to extend the mandate of an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria hours after it rejected a report by the international inquiry blaming the Assad regime for a deadly toxic gas attack. Moscow had previously vetoed nine UN Security Council draft resolutions condemning the Assad regime, with members of the Council expressing outrage over the Russian decision.…
Trump administration officials told Congress that there's no need to update the authorization that originally targeted terrorists responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and has now been stretched to cover anti-terror operations in over a dozen countries. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that any attempt to place time limits or geographical constraints in a new Authorization for…
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