» 06/20/2006, 00.00
Growing repression in Damascus, 17 top officials sacked
According to the 'Syrian Human Rights Association' the 17 bureaucrats lost their job because of their support for the 'Damascus-Beirut declaration' that calls for the normalisation of relation between the two countries. Making the sacking public is a warning against human rights activists.
Brammertz expected amid post-Assad speculation
"Talks" between the head of the UN Commission of Inquiry and the Lebanese president are eagerly awaited. Members of the "Damascus Declaration" want "gradual" solutions to replace Assad.
Damascus cracks down again on domestic dissent
Human rights activists and regime opponents are arrested. Even online critics are detained. Social network website is shut down. After the Annapolis conference Assad seems bent on snuffing out all criticism. It shows he is in charge but is also a sign of weakness.
UN condemns Damascus bombings. Regime and rebels must end violence
The final toll is 55 dead and more than 400 injured. Even China and Russia condemn the attack and call for respect of the ceasefire proposed by Kofi Annan.
Assad reacts to international pressure by cracking down on press and opponents
The national organisation for the defence of fundamental human rights accused the regime of "using all manner of illicit means to remain in power"; the national centre for the defence and protection of press and journalists' freedom denounced "continued aggression by the government".
Violence against Christians in Vientiane and Luang Phrabang
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