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Against this context, Silvana's mixed Lithuanian and Syrian heritage provides an interesting commentary on Sweden's relationship with race. At the same time, her budding romance with fellow pop star Beatrice Eli also propels her to icon status within her country's LGBTQ community, creating a ...
Latest estimates from the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, suggest five million Syrians have ... Organisations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have said that all sides in the Syrian conflict have committed ... Bashar al-Assad war
They were taken to the rebel-held Idlib province in northwest Syria, where more than 1 million others have taken refuge from the violence that has engulfed the country. Living conditions in the camps there are abysmal, the U.N. and aid agencies say, and the province is exposed to regular ... Ghouta
Amnesty International doesn't want you to respect the Syrian government. Reviewing its press releases about Syria, it is all one-sided; the jihadis hardly merit a meaningful rebuke. But no report was as distorted as its multimedia presentation of the purported abuses in the Saydnaya Prison. Here ... War
"We have previously documented how the use of incendiary weapons is burning alive civilians who are literally left with nowhere to hide. This attack would appear to be the latest horrific example in that pattern. "In areas besieged by the Syrian government such as Daraya and elsewhere, civilians told ...

To mark the seventh anniversary of the Syria conflict, Amnesty International is calling for the international community to assume its responsibilities and urgently act to end the suffering of millions of Syrians and bring an end to the bloody assault on besieged civilians in Eastern Ghouta and Afrin.
"Ahmed H, who was simply trying to help his family flee Syria, has been unjustly demonized both inside and outside the courtroom. None of the evidence against Ahmed constitutes "an act of terror" and his conviction is a blatant misuse of terrorism-related provisions. "After more than two-and-a-half ...
Tell the Syrian and Russian Governments to end the attacks and lift the siege on Eastern Ghouta immediately. Your Message. President. Vladimir. Putin. Russia. Dear Presidents Putin and Assad, I am writing about the catastrophic situation in Syria's Eastern Ghouta where more than 400,000 people have been ...
... is in its power to ensure that those responsible for the atrocity crimes committed in Eastern Ghouta are held to account for these horrific acts. "The Syrian government must immediately provide UN independent monitors with access to Syria in order to investigate violations of international humanitarian law. UN Human Rights Council
Describing the areas in Syria held by YPG, the Syrian offshoot of PKK terrorists, as being peaceful is laughable, Turkey's ambassador to Canada said ... "You may also wish to focus on what happened to the 12 Syrian Kurdish political groups in the area, which according to Amnesty International and Human ... UN Human Rights Council
On Monday, January 29, the University of Edinburgh's Amnesty International Society hosted the event: 'Refugee Voices: A Multimedia Exploration of Refugee ... Following this, Syrian Voices, a short film by Trina McKendrick and Kev Theaker, was screened: a moving account of the lives of three refugee ... UN Human Rights Council
Amnesty International labeled him a “prisoner of conscience.” He also said that Israel should intervene using military force in support of the Syrian armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. In return for Israeli support, he has said that Syria should renounce all claims to the Golan ... UN Human Rights Council
On February 1, Amnesty International's Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, was re-arrested and placed back in pretrial detention. ... The lack of trust between Washington and Ankara grew after Turkey started an air and ground offensive in Afrin, Syria, against a Kurdish group known as the People's Protection ... UN Human Rights Council
Syrian state news agency SANA described the action as an "aggression" by the coalition against "popular forces" who were fighting ISIS and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The attack had left "scores of persons dead and others injured" and caused "huge damage" to the area, SANA added. UN Human Rights Council
U.S.-Turkish relations have been strained recently by a series of disagreements, especially over the Syria crisis. Taner Kilic was one of 11 human rights activists arrested last year on what Amnesty International has said were “bogus terrorism charges.” He is the only one of the 11 still jailed after eight ... UN Human Rights Council
Relations have been strained between Washington and Ankara recently, in particular over Turkey's military expedition in Syria and US support for Syrian-Kurdish forces. Under the state of emergency, Turkey has arrested around 50,000 people and purged 110,000 civil servants in a crackdown aimed at ... UN Human Rights Council

The Syrian government's use of internationally banned chemical weapons was laid bare once again on February 4 when a chlorine gas attack on the town of Saraqeb left 11 people in need of emergency treatment, according to testimony gathered by Amnesty International. The Syria Civil Defense said that ... UN Human Rights Council
Hundreds of thousands of refugees are at risk of being pushed to return to Syria this year despite ongoing violence endangering the lives of civilians, ... imposing a siege on opposition-held areas and refusing to admit humanitarian aid, which according to Amnesty International, amounts to a war crime. UN Human Rights Council
Amnesty International in the Netherlands wanted people there to have a better understanding of what refugees suffer through. ... He then walks them through, in vivid and horrific detail, the trials of a young woman escaping Syria during its devastating civil war—a conflict still underway after nearly seven ... UN Human Rights Council
To shed light on the refugee crisis and the harrowing journey refugees are forced to make on a daily basis, Amnesty International asked five people from the Netherlands and Belgium to go under hypnosis and live one of those dangerous journeys. The five-and-a-half-minute film, called 'Through the eyes of ... UN Human Rights Council
In a bid to shed light on the dangerous journeys refugees are forced to make on a daily basis, Amnesty International has launched a groundbreaking ... five people from the Netherlands and Belgium were brought into a state of hypnosis, so they could gain deeper insight into the journey of a Syrian refugee. UN Human Rights Council
Iran is the latest country to denounce the U.S. military's plan to support the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force in securing a border in Syria. The U.S. ... Russia, Turkey, Syria and now Iran strongly oppose the move. Turkish ... Critics, including Amnesty International, said it was a move to silence the press. UN Human Rights Council
The US will release $60 million to the United Nations Relief Works Agency, which helps Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon ... Amnesty International and other human rights groups say returning to Myanmar is "a terrifying prospect" for the mainly Muslim Rohingya, who fled ... UN Human Rights Council
The program, codenamed Timber Sycamore, had served as the backbone of Washington's strategy to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, but proved a comprehensive failure. Besides the CIA program, other US train-and-equip strategies to bolster rebel groups in Syria have also been notoriously ... UN Human Rights Council
His dramatic, topical story tells of an escape attempt from ISIS-occupied Mosul by two young Syrian men and a Yazidi girl who hope for safety with advancing Kurdish fighters. In second place was the 2016 first prize winner Lynda Turbet with her poignant, but hopeful, story 'And Some Will Choose To Stay'. UN Human Rights Council
Amnesty International has accused Russia of covering up what it calls the indiscriminate nature of its bombing raids, and the Syrian Network for Human Rights in early 2017 said it "found a similarity between the violations committed by the Russians and the (Syrian) regime." Moscow has labeled these ... UN Human Rights Council
Human rights reports accused Maatouq of torturing detainees in his capacity as prison director since 2013 while Amnesty International has described Sednaya Prison as a place where “the Syrian state quietly kills its people”. In a report issued in February 2017, Amnesty International said the Assad regime ... UN Human Rights Council
Amnesty International is calling on the Syrian government to allow the urgent medical evacuation of more than 500 sick and injured civilians from the besieged Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus. According to medical personnel in Eastern Ghouta, some 529 patients require urgent treatment for their ... UN Human Rights Council
More than 400 patients on a U.N. list waiting for evacuations from a siege in Syria were left behind Friday as the Red Cross said it had finished transferring just 29 people and their families to Damascus for medical care. It took the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent ... UN Human Rights Council
According to Amnesty International, PYD/YPG , which has been Washington's main ally in Syria, has committed war crimes in Syria by razing villages and forcibly removing local communities from their native lands. Although the PYD and its military wing, YPG, claim to represent the Syrian Kurds, hundreds ... UN Human Rights Council
Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International's campaigner on counter-terrorism in Europe, told Al Jazeera over the phone from Hungary that his conviction was an ... Ahmed H was attempting to help his elderly parents leave Syria and cross into the European Union through Hungary's border with Serbia at the ... UN Human Rights Council
The ongoing US weapons supplies to PYD/YPG terrorists not only jeopardizes Turkey's security but also the future of Syria. PYD/YPG's poor human rights record reflected in independent international human rights organizations' reports (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, SNHR Syrian Network ... UN Human Rights Council
Humanitarian officials are warning that conditions outside Syria's capital have reached crisis levels, as the government refuses to give up a siege against its ... Amnesty International said last month that the government's use of sieges against civilians — a tactic it called “surrender or starve” — was a crime ... UN Human Rights Council
I established codes and, using underground channels through Syrian Jews in other countries, as well as sympathetic Christians, contacted the rabbis in that ... own, had resulted in many imprisonments, in the worst possible conditions, for which, as Amnesty International reported, the Syrians were infamous. UN Human Rights Council
Amnesty International published a report Tuesday accusing European governments of being complicit in the suffering of refugees and migrants fleeing through Libya. The report accused ... The so-called EU-Turkey deal came as the Syrian refugee crisis reached its peak. According to the agreement, Turkey ... UN Human Rights Council
Amnesty International has accused European governments of facilitating the abuse of migrants attempting to reach the continent from Libya. In a new ... Amid widespread regional instability, millions of people have attempted to relocate to Europe from places like Syria and Afghanistan and increasingly from ... UN Human Rights Council
The UN has described “inhuman living conditions” in Syria's detention facilities, where the international body believes the crimes against humanity of ... Last year, Amnesty International said that Syrian authorities were committing torture on a "massive scale" in government prisons including beatings, ... UN Human Rights Council
Based on the testimony of former detainees, Amnesty International's interactive digital documentary about Saydnaya prison gave an unprecedented glimpse into the horror of this infamous ... We were determined to meticulously document the crimes that took place in the Syrian torture prison, to ensure justice is delivered. UN Human Rights Council
In August, Amnesty International launched the Tens of Thousands art exhibition in Beirut to mark the International Day of the Disappeared. The exhibition aimed to raise awareness of Syria's disappeared and missing and give a voice to their families. The exhibition at the Station Beirut gallery features items ... UN Human Rights Council
Amnesty International's new report brings together stories from around the world to illustrate the rise in preventable attacks on HRDs and highlights a chilling pattern ... The “Douma 4”, four Syrian activists who were abducted from their office by armed men in December 2013 and have not been seen since. UN Human Rights Council
When Mansour Omari was released from Syrian prison in 2013, he carried precious cargo in the folds of his shirt. Sewn into his clothes ... of Syria's missing citizens. Amnesty International reports that tens of thousands of Syrians who have disappeared are incarcerated in underground government prisons. UN Human Rights Council
BEIRUT — Amnesty International said Thursday the Syrian government has used internationally banned cluster munitions in attacks on a besieged rebel-held suburb of Damascus, accusing it of committing war crimes on “an epic scale.” Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held suburb northeast of the Syrian capital, ... UN Human Rights Council
Amnesty International says the Syrian Government has used internationally banned cluster munitions in attacks on the besieged rebel-held suburb of Damascus, ... Amnesty said the cluster munitions first appeared in Syria after Russia began strikes against anti-government groups in September 2015. UN Human Rights Council
Syrian military used cluster bombs in besieged area, says Amnesty International ... Amnesty said the cluster munitions first appeared in Syria after Russia began strikes against anti-government groups in September 2015. Witnesses interviewed by Amnesty said they saw cluster munitions projectiles - small ... UN Human Rights Council
US faces uphill battle recouping arms from Syrian Kurds ... The Donald Trump administration plans to ask Kurdish fighters in Syria to return US ... In May, Amnesty International obtained a US government audit that faulted the ... UN Human Rights Council
This Jan. 19 file photo shows a general view of the destruction in the old city of Aleppo, Syria. Ample evidence exists to convict Syrian president ... UN Human Rights Council
'Facing disaster': children starve in siege of Syria's former breadbasket ... The Syrian opposition is in disarray and forces loyal to the president, Assad, ... Earlier this month, a report by Amnesty International concluded that the ... UN Human Rights Council
The leading global human rights movement Amnesty International is ... Syria's “surrender or starve” policy, and the Sudanese government's ... UN Human Rights Council
The attack came on the same day that Amnesty International issued a ... “Time and again, civilians in Syria are finding no safe place to take ... UN Human Rights Council


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