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Syria: President Asad Fails to Deliver Reform | Human Rights Watch

(New York) – President Bashar al-Asad’s speech on March 30, 2011, failed to commit to a specific reform agenda that would safeguard public freedoms and judicial independence and prohibit the Syrian government from encroaching on human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The much anticipated speech was delivered before parliament.

Commentators and analysts had expected the president to announce specific reforms to increase public freedoms, including lifting the state of emergency, in place since 1963, following announcements by senior Syrian officials that his speech would “please Syrians.” However President al-Asad did not offer any specifics and only declared general support for reform.

Read more here: Syria: President Asad Fails to Deliver Reform | Human Rights Watch.

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