Human Rights

  • Article // Apr 23, 2015
    Bassam Barabandi, Bassam Rifai
    On the night of March 16, 2015, reports and videos surfaced of another chemical weapons attack inside Syria. According to reports from medical workers and first responders inside Syria, government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on buildings in the northeastern town of Sarmin, and a chemical agent quickly spread because of the wind. Videos of the incident showed children, women, and men foaming at the mouth and experiencing extreme respiratory symptoms. Six people were killed, and over 70 were affected by the attack. The response from the global community has largely been muted.
  • Establishing standards of and preserving human rights are of particular concern in many MENA countries, as large volumes of refugees and internally displaced persons populate the region.

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