During the 11-month uprising in Syria, the city of Homs has been a focal point for both protesters and government forces. Earlier this month, a UN Security Council resolution that called for President Bashar al-Assad to step aside was rejected by Russia and China.
This past November, DePaul University professor Cherif Bassiouni had the unusual task of sitting down with the King of Bahrain to tell him about injustices that were carried out in his country, on his watch.
The Arab uprisings have kept DePaul University professor emeritus Cherif Bassiouni very busy. Last summer, he went to Libya to monitor the revolution. He also headed a controversial report about alleged government abuses in Bahrain.
Since violence first erupted in Syria last spring, the city of Homs has been a flashpoint between government forces and pro-democracy demonstrators. More recently, military defectors have taken up armed resistance against snipers who patrol the streets. Entire neighborhoods have shut down.