Politics

07-07-2006
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07-07-2006
Extremist Islamists, who were being pursued by Syrian security forces, have escaped across the mountainous border between Syria and Lebanon, where they have found a new safe-haven, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Arab-language newspaper Al Hayat published June 26.
05-07-2006
The Syria Report talks to Ammar Qurabi, head of the National Organisation for Human Rights (NOHR) on how the younger generation of Syria’s activist leaders can break the vicious circle between regime crackdown and a weak and divided opposition.
05-07-2006
The social pressures from the huge influx of Iraqi refugees into Syria – estimated at 450,000 by the first comprehensive report published by international agencies – erupted into violence in the last week of June after the killing of a Syrian by an Iraqi triggered widespread rioting and burning of property in an Iraqi-majority suburb of Damascus.
03-07-2006
Respect for human rights in Syria has reached “its lowest point” since President Bashar al-Assad took power in 2000, according to the 2006 report by the London-based Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) released in English in the last week of June.
03-07-2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on July 2 that the solution to the crisis in Gaza sparked by the kidnapping by Palestinian militants of an Israeli soldier depends on Damascus, Ha’aretz reported.
18-06-2006
SYRIA (TIER 2) Syria is a destination country for women trafficked from South and East Asia and Ethiopia for the purpose of labor exploitation and from Eastern Europe for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
18-06-2006
Syria on June 7 dismissed a US State Department report listing it among the countries accused of human trafficking, saying that the report was "irrational, far from reality and aims at subjugating Damascus to the political orientation of the US".
18-06-2006
The Syria Report talks to Akram Bunni, journalist, activist and former political prisoner held for 17 years for his work in the Communist Action Party, on the imprisonment of his brother, the Damascus-Beirut Declaration and the threat of the opposition in exile.
18-06-2006
The fourth report by the UN commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri provided no new leads but said “considerable progress” had been made, including a forensic examination of the bomb site and said Syrian cooperation with inquiry was “generally satisfactory”.
18-06-2006
The first fortnight of June saw a writer jailed for insulting the Syrian president, the end of a leading activists’ prison hunger strike, the publication of a new civil society document urging the government to cancel emergency laws and the prospect of a European Parliament resolution condemning rights abuses in Syria.
18-06-2006
Syria’s Defence Minister signed an agreement for military cooperation with Iran on June 15 to counter what he called the “"common threats" presented by Israel and the US.
18-06-2006
Former Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam’s media campaign against President Bashar al-Assad moved up a gear in June following a London meeting of the exiled Syrian opposition, with Khaddam claiming he has evidence that implicates Assad in the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri and saying he had given extensive testimony on such to the UN inquiry into the murder.
18-06-2006
At least one source of tension between Syria and Lebanon was cleared up on June 7 with the publication by Lebanon’s Prosecutor General of a report that found a burial site near Anjar, the former headquarters of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon, was not a mass grave full of Lebanese victims of Syrian security agents, but a graveyard dating back to the 17th century.
03-06-2006
Four members of an Islamic militant group armed with American M16 rifles and home-made bombs were killed in a gun battle with Syrian security forces near the Ministry of Defence in central Damascus on June 2, according to official sources, in the first such security breach centred on government buildings since the terror campaign waged against the state by the Muslim Brotherhood two decades ago.

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