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Assad: Only accountability can make the killing stop (Photo: oliverlaumann)

Europe can stop Syria's suffering

I consider myself lucky to have survived one of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s detention centres.

Since the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been arrested and unlawfully detained for: seeking freedom, democracy and a government accountable to its people, the same crimes I was charged with.

The vast majority of those arrested cannot tell the accounts of the horror they saw and experienced. They are dead. For every person ...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Assad: Only accountability can make the killing stop (Photo: oliverlaumann)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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