Syria lifts decades old emergency law

Syria’s president lifted the country’s 48-year-old state of emergency Thursday, one of three expected government moves aimed at fostering stability among a discontented populace.

But human rights activists question the government’s intentions to follow through on reform because of the stiff police crackdown on peaceful protests.

President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree that tosses out the emergency law, a major demand of opposition members.

He also abolished the Higher State Security Court, a special court that prosecutes people regarded as challenging the government, another measure hated by opposition forces.

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