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Calls Grow for Upcoming Syria Talks to Focus on Detainee Conditions

With the United States accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government of mass killings of prisoners and use of a crematorium to burn the bodies, human rights advocates said the negotiations in Geneva this week on the Syria crisis should make detainee conditions a priority.

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has been meeting separately with Syrian government and opposition delegations this week during the latest round of talks, hoping to bridge gaps between the rival sides, while ensuring any outcome is consistent with previously adopted U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Dubbed as “proximity talks” in which government and …read more

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