Syria frees more political prisoners
Syria has freed 190 more political prisoners. It comes just two days after a scathing UN resolution. One of those freed was the final remaining member of the Al-Attasi forum, who had been jailed in May for reading out a statement by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Arab Organisation for Human Rights in Syria's spokesman, Ammar Qurabi, says "this move gains the government more popularity and consolidates national unity in the face of the dangers facing Syria." Ammar has in the past been incredibly critical of Bashar.
Today's move seems to have been pushed by Bashar personally, against the dissent-hating old guard.
One of those freed was the leader of the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in Syria.