Syria: Memorandum from Amnesty International to Major General Bassam Abdel Magid, Minister of Interior: Memorandum on the Supreme State Security Court: A Summary of Amnesty International’s concerns

Index Number: MDE 24/039/2007

Amnesty International is concerned that nearly 40 years after it was established in 1968, Syria’s Supreme State Security Court (SSSC) still fails comprehensively to conform to recognized international standards for fair trial. Defendants appearing before this court routinely continue to be denied fair trials and suffer systematic violations of their basic defence rights, which are clearly spelt out in international treaties to which Syria is a state party.

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