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Syria: Women’s Rights in Light of New Amendments to Syrian Personal Status Law

(Apr. 8, 2019) On February 5, 2019, the People’s Assembly of Syria approved amendments to more than 60 articles of the Personal Status Law issued by Legislative Decree No. 59 of 1953. (President al-Assad Issues Law Amending Certain Articles of Personal Status Law Issued by Legislative Decree No. 59 of 1953 and Its Amendments, SYRIAN […]

Syria: Amnesty for Rebels Extended

(Oct. 31, 2016) On July 28, 2016, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al-Assad, issued Legislative Decree No. 15, granting amnesty from serving any sentence to rebels who are fugitives or are in hiding, if they surrender to authorities with their weapons within a three-month period from the date of issuance of the […]

Syria: Experts to Review Syrian Human Rights Abuses

(Sept. 15, 2011) On September 12, 2011, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations appointed three specialists to look into allegations of recent human rights abuses in Syria. Since the crackdown against anti-government protesters began this spring, it is estimated that 2,600 people have been killed. The three experts will look into specific allegations […]

Syria: Bill Proposed to Allow New Political Parties

(Aug. 2, 2011) On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its “Political Reform Initiatives,” the Council of Ministers issued a bill that would allow the current political movements in Syria to participate in the […]