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Syria: ‘Deadly labyrinth’ traps civilians trying to flee Raqqa battle against Islamic State

Thousands of civilians trapped in Raqqa, northern Syria, are coming under fire from all sides as the battle for control of the city enters its final stage, Amnesty International said following an in-depth investigation on the ground. The warring parties must prioritize protecting them from hostilities and creating safe ways for them to flee the frontline. In a report released today, the organization documents how hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured since an offensive began in June to recapture the “capital” and main stronghold of the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS).

Date:
24 August 2017
  • Research
  • Syria
  • Armed Conflict

Syria - "I won't forget this carnage". Civilians trapped in battle for Raqqa

The battle for Raqqa, main stronghold of the Islamic State in Syria, is taking a heavy toll on civilians trapped under fire in the city. Civilians have come under a barrage of ground and air attacks since the Syrian Democratic Forces, the local armed group leading the fight against IS, and the US–led coalition forces launched the final stage of the military operation to recapture Raqqa on 6 June 2017.

Date:
23 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/6945/2017
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  • Death Penalty

Syria: Extrajudicial execution of Bassel Khartabil a grim reminder of Syrian prison horrors

Responding to news of the execution of Syrian-Palestinian human rights activist Bassel Khartabil today, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research said:  “We are deeply saddened and outraged at this awful news. Bassel Khartabil will always be remembered as a symbol of courage, who peacefully fought for freedom to the very end. Our thoughts are with his family. “Bassel Khartabil’s death is a grim reminder of the horrors that take place in Syrian prisons every day.

Date:
2 August 2017
  • Research
  • Syria
  • Death Penalty

Syria: Rights groups condemn execution of human rights defender and software engineer Bassel Khartabil

The family of Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian-Palestinian software engineer and free speech activist, confirmed that he had been subjected to an extrajudicial execution in October 2015. The undersigned human rights organisations condemn the extrajudicial execution of Khartabil and call for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Date:
2 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/6872/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Syria
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Syria: Further information: Two Kurdish activists freed, third still detained: Amin Hussam, Bashar Amin and Mohsen Taher

On July 10, Syrian Kurdish opposition activist Mohsen Taher was transferred to hospital due to a deterioration in his health. Amin Hussam and Bashar Amin, also Syrian Kurdish opposition activists, were released. The three had been arrested by the Asayish forces in May and detained at Allaya prison, north-eastern Syria.

Date:
12 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/6710/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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G20 summit: Trump-Putin meeting, a matter of life and death for the people of Syria

The lives of millions of Syrian civilians hang in the balance as the Presidents of Russia and the USA prepare to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany on 7 July 2017, to discuss counter-terrorism initiatives and a political resolution to Syria’s war, said Amnesty International. “For civilians in Syria, decisions made by President Trump and President Putin are a matter of life and death. A continuation of present policies would have disastrous consequences for the people of Syria, who have endured unimaginable suffering for more than six years,” said Samah Hadid, Middle East Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International.

Date:
6 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Syria
  • Detention

Syria: Detained Kurdish activist in critical health: Suleiman Abdulmajid Oussou

The health of Suleiman Abdulmajid Oussou has critically deteriorated since 21 June. The Syrian Kurdish opposition activist has been arbitrarily detained by the Asayish, the police force of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)-led Autonomous Administration, in the north-eastern region of Syrian, since 23 May. He is currently held in poor conditions in Allaya prison in Qamishli, north-eastern Syria, without being charged.

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/6587/2017
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Syria: Expert analysis shows US-led coalition use of white phosphorus may amount to war crime

The US-led coalition’s use of white phosphorus munitions on the outskirts of al-Raqqa, Syria is unlawful and may amount to a war crime, Amnesty International can confirm after verifying five videos of the incident. The videos, published online on 8 and 9 June, showed the coalition’s artillery strike using the munitions over the civilian neighbourhoods of Jezra and el-Sebahiya. International humanitarian law prohibits the use of white phosphorus near civilians.

Date:
16 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Syria
  • Detention

Syria: Syrian Kurdish activists arbitrarily detained: Mohsen Taher, Amin Hussam and Bashar Amin

Syrian Kurdish opposition activists Mohsen Taher, Amin Hussam and Bashar Amin have been arrested by the Asayish, the police force of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)-led Autonomous Administration, in the north-eastern region of Syria. The first two activists were detained on 9 May, and the third one on 21 May. All three men are currently held in poor conditions at Allaya prison in Qamishli, north-eastern Syria, without being charged.

Date:
9 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/6381/2017
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  • Syria
  • Armed Conflict

US attack on Syrian airbase: Commitment on Syrian refugees vital if Trump truly cares about civilians

In response to last night’s United States airstrikes against a Syrian army airbase in Homs, three days after a chemical weapons attack killed more than 80 civilians in Idleb province, Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, said: “President Donald Trump said that the attack was prompted by concern for the lives of Syrian civilians, but his administration has shown callous disregard for Syrians attempting to flee for their lives.

Date:
7 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Syria
  • Armed Conflict

How Ministers at the Brussels Conference Can Support Justice for Syria

Today, ministers and representatives of over 70 countries and humanitarian organisations are attending the “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” conference in Brussels. The conference focuses on gathering additional funds and assistance for Syrians inside Syria and in neighboring countries and discussing the reconstruction of Syria “once a genuinely inclusive political transition is firmly underway”.

Date:
4 April 2017
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  • Oman
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Wire Magazine April-June 2017: Voices from Kenya

In this April issue, we hear the voices of people from all over the globe speaking up to support human rights. Be inspired by an exiled human rights defender from Oman and by five women who are fighting for women’s rights. You will also hear about refugees who urged people on social media to take action to promote solutions to the global refugee crisis. Images from our video on the Syrian Saydnaya prison illustrate how inmates are being tortured and killed – we must demand this to end.

Date:
1 April 2017
Ref:
NWS 21/5890/2017