Syria: emergency rule lifted; protests continue

Syria’s government passed a draft decree to lift the emergency law and a bill to dismantle the Supreme State Security Court on April 19. The government also approved a third bill to “regulate the right to peacefully protest.” Syrians nonetheless took to the streets in large numbers again the next day in the central city of Homs, where activists say more than 20 protesters have been killed this week by soldiers and irregular forces. Demonstrations were also reported in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. (Reuters, CNN, April 20; AlJazeera, April 19)

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