Foreword

The up-and-down relationship between civil society and the Syrian opposition

In principle, the civil society needs to be apolitical. However, in a situation like Syria where the regime of Bashar al-Assad has taken a hostile position towards his people, which made him one of the most war criminal in history. The Syrian civil society therefore found itself obliged to play a political role. But it also found itself in this position because of the poor performance of the Syrian opposition. The latter was interested in its little games and gains more than being interested in the public cause. The Assad regime has been brutal and criminal; the opposition has been little and petty, if we want to be cautious in using our words. The civil society therefor had not other option but to have a say in the political arena.

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Isis fighters firing at escaping family members, says coalition

“Right now, beneath Baghuz is like a rabbit hole and there is a network of tunnels that the terrorists are using, and our forces need to clear the tunnels very delicately to avoid counter-attacks and explosives.”

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New law set to turn up financial pressure on Bashar Assad

Last November, a senior Emirati trade official announced that his country was complying with all U.S. sanctions on Iran, which the White House had recently re-imposed

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Assad is a direct enemy to the US, Here is Why

Hezbollah commits to an all-out fight to save Assad, for the same reasons for which the US classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. To keep committing terrorist attacks against the US

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Children and babies die as temperatures plummet in Syria

“At least 29 children and newborns are reported to have died over the past eight weeks, mainly from hypothermia, while travelling to the camp or shortly after arrival,” the WHO said in a statement

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Victims






Reconciliations The Last Option for Deir Ezzor Populations

Hussien says “We were about two thousand people including women. The first checkpoint of the regular forces took photocopy for our IDs and ordered us to chant for the president in order to atone for our sins, as they said”

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The vow of ‘never again’ is dying in Assad’s prisons

“What’s happening in Syria is a holocaust,” he told me, reacting to Trump’s speech. “The difference is, we still have time to do something to stop this holocaust.”

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A Deadly Welcome Awaits Syria’s Returning Refugees

Yasim, another Syrian who left Germany under similar circumstances, has also disappeared. His cousin Mohammad, still based in Germany, said Yasim could not obtain the papers required to enable his wife to join him

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Escape from Syria: the boys stranded after Isis fall

After the military defeat of Isis in Syria, there are believed to be about 1,200 more children like Mahmud and Ayyub stuck in a legal limbo in the country

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Accountability






Ali Mamlouk’s visit to Italy is a stab in the back of Syrian victims of Assad’s torture

Unfortunately, this feeling of being ignored by Italy has been reinforced with the latest elections which have been won by the Northern League and the Five Stars Movement, two parties which had several times expressed their support towards Russia and Assad regime’s ‘fight against terrorism’

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Experts say war crimes case against Assad government growing

Criminal investigators say they have built a case documenting the widespread torture and murder of Syrian detainees by the Assad government

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IIIM President: No Peace in Syria Without Accountability

Marchi-Uhel emphasized the importance of accountability to pave the way for lasting peace. She also stressed that accountability should be part of the political process in Geneva.

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Justice Needed for 7 Years of Abuse

States should also share relevant information and documentation and amend national laws to enable any necessary cooperation with the team

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