Syria: Lifting of 48-year State of Emergency

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    Apr 21, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    From the BBC:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13134322

    Per the BBC news link:

    Syria's emergency law, which effectively suspended most constitutional protections, had been in place since the Baath Party came to power in a military coup.

    Syrian governments previously justified the imposition of the law by the state of war that continues to exist with Israel, and by threats posed by militant groups.

    Syria's emergency law designated the prime minister as the martial law governor of the country and the interior minister as his deputy, and gave them extraordinary powers.

    These included the ability to place restrictions on freedoms of individuals with respect to meetings, residence, travel and passage in specific places or at particular times; to preventatively arrest anyone suspected of endangering public security and order; to authorise investigation of persons and places; and to delegate any person to perform any of these tasks.

    The Syrian Human Rights Committee described the emergency law as "the most repressive law [affecting] the rights and freedoms of all Syrian citizens without exception". It is believed to have led directly to thousands of violations of human rights.
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:50 AM GMT
    I am taking it that this lifting of the State of Emergency is a direct result of the protests that have been going on, am I correct ?
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    Apr 21, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
    realifedad said I am taking it that this lifting of the State of Emergency is a direct result of the protests that have been going on, am I correct ?


    That is correct. But, some groups aren't quite so gung-ho about it quiet yet. They are waiting to see if this will really be signed into law and made official,
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    Apr 21, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    From what I've read the Syrian Government is pretty fierce and capable of murders and assasinations, but I actually think this time they are afraid of such masses, so maybe they will sign the end of the State of Emergency into law. I wonder if Syria will back off of interference in Lebanon to because of these protests.