Despite months of protests the Syrian regime, Assad's inner circle has remained loyal and launched a brutal supression against the democracy movement, that has left thousands dead.

They are not men who are likely to be affected by the latest resolution passed by United Nations human rights committee condemning Syria's crackdown on opposition protests.The move comes as Syrian activists said another 22 people, including five children, had been killed across Syria.

Many of Assad strongmen served under his father, the late Hafez-al-Assad and his family members are also important players in the regime.