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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...
Background 26th June of each year marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  The General Assembly, in the resolution 52/149, December 12, 1997, proclaimed an International day for support for victims of torture with a view to total elimination of torture and effective functioning of the Convention against Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Torture is a crime under international law. It is strictly prohibited by all relevant instruments and cannot be justified under any circumstances. It is a prohibition that forms part of...
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. ...