BEIRUT/GENEVA, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Damascus residents
reported artillery barrages by Syrian troops hours before
Friday’s scheduled start of a ceasefire to mark the Muslim
holiday of Eid al-Adha.
They said that on Thursday night troops stationed on a
mountain overlooking the Syrian capital targeted Hajar al-Aswad,
a poor neighbourhood inhabited by refugees from the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. There were no immediate reports
GENEVA (Reuters) – Carla del Ponte, the former United Nations war crimes prosecutor, vowed on Thursday to bring to justice high level Syrian political or military figures who may have ordered or committed war crimes.
Del Ponte, who has joined a team of U.N. human rights investigators on Syria, said she would help compile evidence and testimonies which could be used in an international tribunal or Syrian national court.
BEIRUT/GENEVA, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Syria’s army command
announced a ceasefire on Thursday to mark the Muslim holiday of
Eid al Adha but said it reserved the right to respond to any
rebel attack or moves to reinforce President Bashar al-Assad’s
A Free Syrian Army commander gave qualified backing to the
truce, proposed by U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, but
demanded Assad free detainees. An Islamist group said it was not
committed to the truce but may halt operations if the army did.
GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations war crimes investigators said on Thursday they had asked to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to seek access for their team, which has been shut out of the country since being set up a year ago.
The international inquiry, led by Brazilian expert Paulo Pinheiro, has been gathering evidence and testimony on atrocities committed by Syrian government forces and armed rebels in the 19-month-old conflict.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday it plans to continue providing food for 1.5 million people in Syria until at least June next year, a sign it expects hunger to persist in a protracted civil war.
The United Nations agency set the target of 1.5 million months ago and finally reached it in September, after managing to deliver food supplies to just 850,000 people in August.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Food Programme (WFP) has sent food to Syria for 1.5 million people in September, up from 850,000 in August, and is monitoring the distribution of its supplies, the United Nations agency said on Tuesday.
“It is a record amount,” Daly Belgasmi, WFP regional director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, told Reuters in Geneva.
GENEVA, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The World Food Programme (WFP)
has sent food to Syria for 1.5 million people in September, up
from 850,000 in August, and is monitoring the distribution of
its supplies, the United Nations agency said on Tuesday.
“It is a record amount,” Daly Belgasmi, WFP regional
director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and
Eastern Europe, told Reuters in Geneva.
GENEVA, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Lebanon has become the third of
Syria’s neighbours after Turkey and Jordan to register more than
100,000 refugees from Syria’s civil war, the U.N. refugee agency
said on Tuesday.
In all, more than 358,000 Syrians fleeing the 19-month-old
conflict have registered in four neighbouring states, including
Iraq, and tens of thousands more have fled but not sought
international assistance, it said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Colombian military and police forces suspected of committing crimes including murder and torture in the country’s long war could escape prosecution under proposed constitutional reforms, U.N. human rights experts warned on Monday.
In a rare joint letter to Colombia’s government and congress, made public in Geneva, they called for urgent reconsideration of the draft reforms in the interest of fighting impunity and fostering peace.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States has used excessive force against immigrants along the Mexican border and should cooperate in investigating border killings, including those of many young people, the top United Nations human rights official said on Thursday.
“There have been very many young people, teenagers, who have been killed at the border,” Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told a news conference.