Monday, April 18, 2011
The Syrian president has promised to lift emergency law but many doubt this will end human rights abuses.
Hugh Macleod and a reporter in Syria
"The anticipated lifting of emergency law in Syria will do little to reduce human rights abuses, say experts. Without moves to also end the immunity from prosecution which allows security forces to have a free reign and without the creation of an independent judiciary that is not controlled by the ruling Baath Party, little can be achieved. Concerns were also raised that when parliament meets in the coming weeks to abolish the 48-year-old state of emergency, which allows for arbitrary arrest and detention and severely curtails freedom of speech, a new anti-terrorism law that will take its place is likely to contain many of the same provisions.....