US State Department report on global human rights singles out Syria as the worst offender. In particular it points to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus which killed hundreds of people last August
The State Department has said it has evidence the Syrian regime was behind last week's chemical weapons attack on Douma. As Trump weighs his next move, the US has started moving ships to within striking range of Syria.
The Arab League has demanded an international probe into a chemical weapons attack but stopped short of supporting strikes. They further criticized Iran for its role in the Syrian conflict.
The US global human rights report covers some 200 countries and territories. China, Russia, Iran and North Korea were top of the list in violating human rights.
Speaking at the UN, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of "inhumane behavior" in alleged chemical attacks in Douma. He also pushed Berlin's bid for a seat on the Security Council.
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