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U.S. 'Steps Up,' Considers 9,000 Syrian Refugee Applications

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact

Nations around the world are stepping up their responses to the Syrian refugee crisis, and the U.S. is among those expected to take on a bigger role. ...

Report: Chlorine Gas Was Likely Used In Syria Earlier This Year

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villag...

Human Rights Watch Says Syria Is Defying The UN By Using Barrel Bombs

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Counci...

Human Rights Group Slams Western Inaction On Syria

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A leading human rights group accused the United States and other world powers Tuesday of undermining efforts to bring Syrian President...

UN: Syrians Systematically Disappear Without A Trace

AP | BARBARA SURK and JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.19.2013 | World

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of U.N. investigators said Thursday it believes the Syrian government is committing a crime against humanity by making people ...

Farah Mohamed

Syria's Women Demand A Voice In The Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Farah Mohamed | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Imagine the gruesomeness of it. Dead bodies cut into from the side. Organs removed, harvested, leaving the remains of something -- someo...

Guess Who Wants A Seat At The Human Rights Table?

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 07.11.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- The United States on Thursday slammed Syria and Iran for seeking seats on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, saying their own rights v...

Witness to Tragedy: What I Saw on the Syrian Border

Kristin Wright | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Kristin Wright

Everyone I visit talks about freedom, a future in Syria beyond this horror. There is so much suffering, but in the suffering there is a unity that catches me by surprise.

Report: Syrian President To Give Rare Address To Country

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 03.07.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad will deliver a speech on Sunday in a rare address to the nation, state media said, as rebels fighting to ...

Syrian Rebels Using Child Fighters: Human Rights Watch

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad have sent children into combat and used boys as young as 14...

Rebels Sign 'Code Of Conduct'

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2012 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Some prominent Syrian rebel fighters have signed a 'code of conduct' committing them to observe human rights in their batt...

Syria: Torture Centers Revealed

Human Rights Watch | Posted 07.03.2012 | World

Human Rights Watch -- Interactive Map and Video Detail Horrific Crimes (New York) – Former detainees and defectors have identified ...

In Syria, Human Rights Violations Occure On Alarming Scale

Reuters | Posted 08.27.2012 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, June 27 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces have committed human rights violations, including execution...

Mazen Darwish: An Ordinary Syrian Story

Saïd Benarbia | Posted 08.22.2012 | World
Saïd Benarbia

The last time I saw Mazen was in early October 2010. He gave me a ride to the airport after spending two days monitoring the trial of another Syrian human rights lawyer before the Damascus Military Court. He shared with me his bad feeling that we wouldn't meet for a while, if ever.

Systematic Torture, Syria and the Human Body -- My Father

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

However, how much longer can the regime sustain itself on gruesome tactics when the numbers of resistors have grown exponentially and will only continue to increase?

West: Syria Headed For Full-Blown Civil War

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2012 | World

By Mariam Karouny and Dominic Evans BEIRUT, May 31 (Reuters) - Syria is nearing full-blown sectarian civil war that would be catastrop...

First Face-Off on Foreign Policy Between Obama and Romney Campaigns

Daniel Tutt | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Daniel Tutt

With the Arab Spring in flux, Syria's ongoing human rights disaster, and the upcoming elections in Egypt that most likely will bring the Muslim Brotherhood into power, America needs a clear vision and strategy for engagement in the wider Middle East and Muslim world.

Wanted: A UN Goldstone Inquiry for Syria's Atrocities

Bradley Burston | Posted 04.15.2012 | World
Bradley Burston

Syrian President Bashar Assad, a lifelong student of the United Nations' failings when it comes to Israel and Palestine, has insulated himself from the consequences of the carnage. The UN needs to create a Goldstone-type inquiry for the atrocities in Syria.

As Assad Regime Disintegrates, What Will Happen to Its Huge Chemical Weapons Stockpile?

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Alan Elsner

As Syria teeters ever closer to civil war, one little-discussed danger concerns the fate of its stockpile of deadly chemical weapons, possibly the largest in the world.

Assad Has to Go!

Saad Khan | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
Saad Khan

The brutal dictator of Syria is finally feeling the heat. Will be be able to survive?

Top Human Rights Chief Calls For 'Immediate Measures' To Protect Civilians

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 12.14.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrian protesters called on soldiers Friday to abandon President Bashar Assad's regime and join a dissident army numbering...

Thousands Dead In Syria: U.N. Rights Official

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 11.12.2011 | World

GENEVA — At least 2,600 people have died in the six months of unrest that has swept Syria, the U.N.'s top human rights official said Monday, as ...

Mideast Milosevic

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 11.01.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Given the unyielding escalation of terror emanating from Syria in recent days, the fortitude and courage of the Syrian people warrants greater international coverage and a full-fledged effort to bring Bashar al-Assad and his cohorts to justice.

U.N. Investigators Find Systematic Human Rights Violations In Syria

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 10.18.2011 | World

GENEVA — Government forces in Syria may have committed crimes against humanity by conducting summary executions, torturing prisoners and targeti...

Michel Kilo: Syrian Dissident Writer Freed From Prison

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Syrian writer and pro-democracy campaigner Michel Kilo has been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence....