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Background:  Through this joint paper, the Syrians for truth and justice/STJ along with the Syrian Legal Development Programme/SLDP are trying to shed light on the relationship between business and human rights specifically in the Syrian context. This is especially important given that there have been a lot of talks recently surrounding the issue of “reconstruction in Syria” despite the absence of any definitive settlement of the Syrian crisis and despite the failure to adopt any real “transitional justice” mechanisms that could avert the country from the scourge of war. Over the past few years, Syrian/international...
The Legal Framework for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons in Armed Conflicts: Syria became a member of the Chemical Weapons Convention(CWC) on October 14, 2013, after the Eastern Ghouta chemical attack on August 21, 2013, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians with hundreds more being exposed to the gas. As such, Syria is bound by the convention that stipulates that all states shall refrain from: Developing, producing, acquiring, and stockpiling any chemical weapons or transporting them - directly or indirectly- to any state or organization. ...
Syrians for Truth and Justice-STJ has documented that the residential neighborhoods in Erbin town located in Eastern Ghouta in the suburbs of  Damascus were targeted on Tuesday, February7, 2017, 8:55 am (Damascus time) with numerous artillery shells. This attack coincided with the targeting of the outskirts of the town with two airstrikes using Syrian air force aircraft (SU-22). The aircraft then repeated the attack, for what was the third time, at about 9:35 am.  A video tape posted by “Qasioun News Agency” clearly shows the warplane prior to the raid...