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23 Jan 2012 description
report Human Rights Watch

World Report 2012: Strengthen Support for ‘Arab Spring’

Governments Should Support Rights, Not Abusive Allies

(Cairo, January 22, 2012) – Many democracies have allowed their ties with repressive allies to temper their support for human rights in the Arab Spring protests, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012. For reasons of principle and long-term interest, governments should stand firm with the people of the Middle East and North Africa when they demand their basic rights and work to ensure the transition to genuine democracies.

21 Jan 2012 description

(Updates Douma fighting)

  • Explosions kill 14, wound 32 on prisoner vehicle

  • Rebels battle troops in suburb of Damascus

  • Arab League and U.N. Security Council split

  • Opposition formally asks for crisis to go to U.N.

By Erika Solomon

BEIRUT, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Bombs killed at least 14 prisoners in a Syrian security vehicle on Saturday, and fierce battles erupted between rebels and state forces as the Arab League considered whether to keep monitors in place.

20 Jan 2012 description

Highlights of the week


The number of registered Syrians with UNHCR and the High Relief Commission (HRC) is 5,663. Since last week, there has been an increase of some 300 persons, many of whom reside in the Tripoli area.


20 Jan 2012 description

(Adds source saying Arab League mission likely to be extended)

  • Opponents of Assad stage protests after Friday prayers

  • Shooting erupts in several towns, 12 deaths reported

  • Sarkozy criticises "ferocious repression"

  • Arab League likely to renew monitoring mission - source

  • Arab monitors report to League ministers this weekend

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

20 Jan 2012 description
report Human Rights Watch

With Daily Reports of Abuses, Urge Security Council to Impose Targeted Sanctions

19 Jan 2012 description

20 Jan 2012 03:26

  • Tanks pull back from Zabadani, 20 killed elsewhere

  • Arabs ponder next move as monitors' mandate ends

  • Over 600 deaths counted since Arab observers began work

  • U.N. Security Council paralysed by splits (Adds FT report on currency devaluation)

By Alistair Lyon

19 Jan 2012 description

AMMAN, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Syrian forces have pulled back from a rebel-held town near Lebanon after an agreement with insurgents to end fighting, a senior opposition leader in contact with residents said on Thursday.

Dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles that had been surrounding Zabadani, 30 km (19 miles) northwest of Damascus, pulled back on Wednesday night to military garrisons 8 km away, and food and basic supplies have started reaching the town, Kamal al-Labwani told Reuters.

19 Jan 2012 description

Human Rights Council
Nineteenth session
Agenda items 2 and 3
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the
High Commissioner and the Secretary-General
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development


19 Jan 2012 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the Stanley Foundation Conference on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), in New York on 18 January:

Thank you, Dr. Gregorian of the Carnegie Foundation, for your very kind introduction.

18 Jan 2012 description
report Crisis Action

Over 140 representatives of Arab civil society organisations working in the Arab world demand LAS action on Syria

17 Jan 2012 description

17 Jan 2012 21:47 Source: Reuters // Reuters

(Adds details) (Adds details)

AMMAN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Syrian troops fighting rebels in the town of Zabadani near Lebanon agreed on Tuesday to a ceasefire under which the army would withdraw and insurgents would leave the streets, a senior opposition leader in contact with residents said.

Read the full story on Alertnet

17 Jan 2012 description

17 Jan 2012 19:54 Source: Reuters // Reuters

(Recasts with Arab source)

  • At least 24 reported killed in fresh violence

  • Free Syria Army leader appeals for outside intervention

  • Mandate of Arab monitors expires on Thursday

By Erika Solomon

17 Jan 2012 description

16 Jan 2012 22:27

  • Arab League monitors to criticise Syria over peace plan

  • League must decide whether to end or extend mission

  • Divisions make Arab League next steps uncertain

By Ayman Samir and Yasmine Saleh

CAIRO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - After weeks of observing bloodshed in Syria armed with nothing but pens, Arab League monitors will report on Friday that Damascus has failed to fully implement a peace plan. Now what?

16 Jan 2012 description
report Voice of America

Syrian human rights activists say at least five people were killed by pro-government forces Monday, as Arab League monitors struggle to document the violence.

It was another difficult day for Arab League monitors. One group, taken to hear evidence of unrest in areas just outside the capital, spent the morning listening to government official after government official tell of attacks against them.

16 Jan 2012 description
  • Six civilians, five soldiers die, brigadier assassinated

  • Arab foreign ministers to discuss Syria on Jan. 22

  • More prisoners freed after Assad proclaims amnesty

By Alistair Lyon

BEIRUT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed on Monday in Syria, where a peace plan monitored by Arab observers has failed to douse a 10-month-old struggle between President Bashar al-Assad and his foes.

16 Jan 2012 description
report Kuwait News Agency

CAIRO, Jan 16 (KUNA) -- The Arab League has managed to attract necessary international funding for the water management projects in the Arab region envisaged in the integrated strategy for the water security, a senior official said here on Monday.

The strategy, adopted by the Arab League's Economic and Social Council (ESC) in September, 2011, will be tabled to the coming Arab summit, due in Baghdad, in late March, 2012, for final endorsement," said official of the technical secretariat of the Arab Water Ministers Council Dr. Jamal Jaballah.

15 Jan 2012 description

(Raises death toll, adds attack on town)

  • Tank and troops attack town near Lebanese border

  • Arab League head warns of possible civil war

  • Anti-Assad demonstrations flare after Friday prayers

  • Defecting general predicts long struggle to topple Assad

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

14 Jan 2012 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call on the Syrian leadership to end the ongoing bloodshed in the country, stating that the era of one-man rule and the perpetuation of family dynasties are crumbling.

“I say again to President Assad of Syria: Stop the violence. Stop killing your own people. The path of repression is a dead end,” Mr. Ban said in a keynote address at the High-Level Meeting on Reform and Transitions to Democracy, held in Beirut.

13 Jan 2012 description

Highlights of the week


The number of registered Syrians with UNHCR and the High Relief Commission (HRC) is 5,238. Since last week there has been an increase of some 200 persons, many of whom reside in the Tripoli area.

Shelter and other projects: