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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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  • Middle East and North Africa
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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
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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
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MDE 24/6381/2017
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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
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  • Syria
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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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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
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NWS 21/5890/2017
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Syria: Amnesty International urges an independent international investigation into human rights violations in Syria

Amnesty International estimates that since 2011, 17,723 persons have died as a result of torture or other ill-treatment in detention centres across Syria. As many as 13,000 individuals have been killed in a widespread and systematic practice of extrajudicial executions, carried out in weekly mass hangings in Saydnaya Military Prison.

Date:
20 March 2017
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MDE 24/5914/2017
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A remarkable journey: An emotional reunion

“When I close my eyes, all I see is being with my father again,” Alan Mohamed told me when I met him for the first time in a refugee camp near Athens last July. He and his sister Gyan,who have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth, thought that moment might never come. But, on Thursday night in Hanover, Germany, against all the odds and after a journey that saw them cross four borders and spend the past year stranded in Greece, their family was finally reunited.

Date:
17 March 2017
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Syria: Time for global leaders to ensure justice, truth and reparation for millions of victims of war

As war crimes and crimes against humanity continue to go unpunished in Syria, an Amnesty International campaign marking the sixth anniversary of the crisis calls on world leaders to take immediate action to deliver justice, truth and reparation to the millions of victims of the conflict. The Justice for Syria campaign calls on governments to end impunity and make accountability a reality for the Syrian people by supporting and funding the investigative mechanism on Syria voted for by the UN General Assembly in December 2016 and by enforcing universal jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute, in their own courts, suspected perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.

Date:
15 March 2017
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  • Syria
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Syria: Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic : UN Human Rights Council Thirty-fourth session

Amnesty International calls on the government of Syria to put an end to extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, and torture and other ill-treatment and make clear to all government forces and militias that such violations will not be tolerated.

Date:
14 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/5868/2017
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President Bashar al-Assad’s response to Amnesty International report on Saydnaya

In response to President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Yahoo News in which he dismisses the findings of Amnesty International’s recent report on mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya military prison in Syria, the organization’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther, said:  “In his interview President Bashar al-Assad repeatedly attempts to discredit Amnesty International’s findings.

Date:
10 February 2017
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  • Syria
  • Unlawful Killings

Syria: Secret campaign of mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells and hanged to death. In five years, as many as 13,000 people, most of them civilians believed to be opposed to the government, were hanged in secret at Saydnaya.

Date:
7 February 2017