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Damascus: State of emergency ended, State Security Court dissolved, and new demonstration rights given

KURDWATCH, April 24, 2011—President Bashar al-Assad has lifted the state of emergency that had been in effect since March 8, 1963 with Decree No. 161. The decree is dated April 21, 2011. At the same time, al-Assad issued Decree No. 53 on April 21, 2011, which dissolved the Supreme State Security Court in Damascus. All cases still pending before this court will be referred to other courts. Finally, Presidential Decree No. 54 of April 21, 2011, reformed the right to demonstrate.
KurdWatch will release the aforementioned decrees shortly.

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