Rights group wants Syria to abolish security court

February 24, 2009 11:53


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International rights group Human Rights Watch has called on Syrian authorities to dissolve the country's State Security Court. The New York-based watchdog urges in a report that the US and Europe condition further progress in ties with Damascus on dissolving the court and improving human rights in Syria. HRW described, in a report released Tuesday, the tribunal as a "kangaroo" court and "one of Syria's main pillars of repression." The report's release coincided with a visit to Syria by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Syria's relations with Western countries have been improving in recent months. Syria's Washington envoy will discuss with US diplomats this week bilateral ties and human rights in Syria.

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