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Living Under Siege: The Syrian Arab Republic

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Food/Nutrition,Middle East Conflict,Syria,United Nations

The first in a series of planned reports by the United Nations on violations of international human rights in the Syrian conflict.  This report focuses on the suffering of civilians in cities placed under siege by the Syrian government and its allies and condemns starvation as a method of warfare.  From the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic

Categories: Children,Syria,United Nations

The first UN report on the suffering of children during the conflict in Syria.  Provides information on killing and maiming of children by government and rebel forces.  From the United Nations


Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Middle East Conflict,Syria

Provides an overview of the expanding crisis in Syria, the opposing forces and their internal conflicts, the efforts to remove chemical weapons from the conflict, and the bleak prospects for significant U.S. engagement to promote regional security or humanitarian assistance.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Syria Completes Destruction Activities to Render Inoperable Chemical Weapons Production Facilities and Mixing/Filling Plants

Categories: Syria,United Nations,WMD

Press release on the completion of the work of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly

Categories: Arms Control,Foreign Affairs,Syria,United Nations

Speech delivered to the General Assembly on 9/24/2013 at the opening of the annual session.   From the White House


Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Syria

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Syria,WMD

Text of President Obama’s address on the situation in Syria and the possibility of U.S. military retaliation.  From the White House


Senate Joint Resolution 21 to Authorize Limited and Specified Use of the United States Armed Forces Against Syria

Categories: Defense/Military,Laws/Regulations,Syria

Text of the joint resolution to punish the Syria government for the use of chemical weapons.  From the Federal Digital System of the Government Printing Office


Syria: Overview of the Humanitarian Response

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Syria,United Nations

Describes the nature and extremity of the humanitarian crisis, the number of refugees,  and what the U.S. and UN are doing. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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