Syria’s cancellation of ’emergency’ law, unlikely to save government

[Michael Harris, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

BBC News reports that the Syrian government has now cancelled its emergency law which allowed it to detain without charge and torture thousands of its citizens. It has also passed a new law allowing peaceful protests and it special court for prosecuting political activists has now been abolished.

Analysts are commenting that the moves by the current regime seems merely intended to placate the onlooking international community in the main judging from the regime’s security forces’ ongoing harsh treatment  of the anti-government protestors which have resulted in hundreds of their deaths and injuries.  As such the moves are unlikely to keep the government in power, even though the two items were key demands of the protestors.

On Monday, joining country-wide demonstrations against the government, more than 5,000 anti-government protestors were in Hom demanding for the current regime to step down.

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