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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
Ref:
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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  • 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
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Syria: Human slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

At Saydnaya Military Prison, the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organized the killing of thousands of people in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that the murder, torture, enforced disappearance and extermination carried out at Saydnaya since 2011 have been perpetrated as part of an attack against the civilian population that has been widespread, as well as systematic, and carried out in furtherance of state policy.

Date:
7 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/5415/2017
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USA: Trump’s policy decisions blocking refugees puts hateful rhetoric into action

In reaction to President Trump’s Executive Order to effectively prevent refugees from seeking resettlement in the USA, Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International said: “President Trump’s Executive Order effectively blocking those fleeing war and persecution from war-torn countries such as Syria, from seeking safe haven in the USA are an appalling move with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Date:
27 January 2017
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Man Missing During East Aleppo Evacuation

The fate and whereabouts of Abdulhadi Kamel remain unknown. He was last seen being driven away in an ambulance on 16 December 2016 after being injured by Syrian government forces who intercepted the evacuation convoy in which he was leaving east Aleppo. Abdulhadi Kamel, 26, went missing in western Aleppo on 16 December 2016, during the evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo. A close relative was in the convoy with Abdulhadi Kamel when Syrian government forces stopped the car and asked the men to step out.

Date:
20 January 2017
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United Nations resolution paves way for accountability on Syria war crimes

In response to the United Nations General Assembly resolution establishing an independent international mechanism to ensure accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria since March 2011, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research said: “With this resolution, the General Assembly helps overcome the Security Council's deadlock on accountability and is the first step toward justice for thousands of victims.

Date:
22 December 2016
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UN Security Council Aleppo resolution long overdue

The protracted politicking and negotiations have finally resulted in a Security Council resolution allowing UN monitors to be sent to Aleppo. The resolution follows a weekend of intense negotiation under the threat of a third Russian veto in three months. “The world is watching how the UN responds to the plight of Aleppo. This important measure has come far too late, with hundreds of thousands of people demanding the Syrian and Russian governments allow a safe evacuation and independent monitoring.

Date:
19 December 2016
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Aleppo is an alarm bell: the international system has failed

Seventeen years ago, Kofi Annan stood before the United Nations and apologized. The then-secretary-general acknowledged that the UN had failed the people of Rwanda during the 100-day genocide in which almost a million people were killed, and pledged to ensure that the UN would "never again" fail to protect a civilian population from genocide or mass slaughter. In Aleppo today, Annan's promise is inaudible beneath the roar of bombs and the whimpers of children trapped under rubble, their faces caked with blood and dust.

Date:
16 December 2016