Syria is about to abolish the emergency laws currently in effect and close down the notorious Tadmur prison, according to well-informed sources.
The sources, who requested anonymity, said that a presidential decree “might come out any minute now,” to stop the application of martial laws, and to close the desert prison, which witnessed a massacre in the early eighties when security forces reportedly shot and killed hundreds of inmates, mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Last month, the Mazzeh prison in Damascus was ordered closed and turned into a museum.
Syrian President Bashar Assad, who took the reins of power after the death of his father, Hafez, last June, has also issued a general amnesty whereby 600 political prisoners were freed.
The new reign has also allowed licensed political parties to print their own newspapers, and unconfirmed reports have said that “Civil Society institutions are about to get licensed in the country.” Sources said that a dialogue is underway between the authorities and political figures to reach a formula for these institutions to see light.
In the same context, a law to organize partisan activities will soon be issued.
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