Syria: The long reach of the Mukhabaraat: Violence and harassment against Syrians abroad and their relatives back home

Syria: The long reach of the Mukhabaraat: Violence and harassment against Syrians abroad and their relatives back home

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Index Number: MDE 24/057/2011
Date Published: 3 October 2011
Categories: Syria

Many Syrians abroad have been vocally expressing their solidarity with the mass pro-reform protests which have rocked Syria since March. In this briefing, Amnesty International is documenting the cases of more than 30 Syrian activists living in eight countries in Europe and North and South America who say they have faced intimidation from embassy officials and others apparently because of their activities in solidarity with the pro-reform movement in Syria. The long reach of the feared Syrian mukhabaraat, or intelligence services, seems to be in evidence.


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