Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Former checkpoint officer reports rape of a mother and daughter

A former Syrian security forces officer, now living in a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, told NPR that he was working at a checkpoint when security forces officers pulled a man from his car to be interrogated, then entered the … Continue reading

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Syria would need $11.5 bln quickly post-Assad

Syria would need $11.5 billion in reconstruction funds in the first six months after the collapse of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, mainly to support its currency and pay public sector wages, the main Syrian opposition said on Thursday. The Syrian … Continue reading

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Video: viral violence from Syria to Lebanon

More bombing in Damascus; Is Syria headed to a civil war in spite of the UN ceasefire. Clashes have erupted between pro and anti Assad groups in northern Lebanon and news of a group of Lebanese pilgrims abducted by anti-government … Continue reading

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Syria can’t open US bank account to pay UN dues

Syria’s U.N. ambassador says his government can’t pay its U.N. dues because American banks won’t allow the country to open an account and he is urging the United States to find a quick solution. Bashar Ja’afari told the General Assembly’s … Continue reading

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U.N. rights chief to stay two more years; U.S., Syria aren’t fans

By: Louis Charbonneau The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday renewed the mandate of the world body’s human rights chief Navi Pillay, but she was given an abbreviated term as part of a compromise deal with the United States, which dislikes … Continue reading

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Video: CNN interview with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

In an exclusive live interview, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour there is no plan B for stopping violence in Syria.

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Both sides in Syria ‘guilty of torture and illegal killing’

The Syrian regime and an increasingly organised opposition are carrying out illegal killings and torturing their enemies, with entire families being wiped out in summary executions, according to a United Nations panel. The number of abuses by opposition fighters is … Continue reading

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Amnesty Human Rights Report Says UN Security Council “Tired, Unfit For Purpose”

The courage shown by protesters in the past 12 months has been matched by a failure of leadership that makes the UN Security Council seem tired, out of step and increasingly unfit for purpose, Amnesty International said in its 50th … Continue reading

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US poised to vet possible arms for Syrian rebels

By: Matthew Lee WASHINGTON — As one diplomatic effort after another fails to end more than a year of brutal violence in Syria, the Obama administration is preparing a plan that would essentially give U.S. nods of approval to arms … Continue reading

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U.S. Human Rights Review Praises Myanmar, Deplores Syria

By: Indira A.R. Lakshmanan Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lauded signs of political opening in Myanmar, highlighted the first free elections in Egypt and deplored worsening abuses in Syria in presenting the State Department’s 2011 review of human rights conditions … Continue reading

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