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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
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

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
  • News
  • Americas
  • Refugees

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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  • Americas
  • Refugees

I left Syria thinking that I would return in two weeks. That was four years ago

On the morning that Zain Alabdin Ali, a young 23-year-old Syrian, left the makeshift house he shared with his parents and four brothers and sisters in a small town near his native Aleppo, he thought that the adventure would be nothing more than a temporary escape. It was 2012, and only a few weeks earlier his parents had decided to move the family out of Aleppo, just before the once magnificent city would become synonymous with horror and destruction, forcing millions of people to flee in terror.

Date:
11 December 2016
  • Research
  • South Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Wire Magazine October - December 2016; I welcome

The need for action to solve the global refugee crisis is summed up by what is happening in a strip of desert between Jordan and Syria known as the ‘berm’, where more than 75,000 women, men and children have been trapped for almost a year. After Jordan sealed its border with Syria in June, the refugees were abandoned in no-man’s-land, beyond the reach of international aid agencies. In this issue we look at Amnesty International’s ‘I welcome’ global refugee campaign, Write for Rights; campaigning for justice in South Africa and Syria’s torture prisons.

Date:
1 October 2016
Ref:
NWS 21/4978/2016
  • News
  • Jordan
  • Refugees

Syria-Jordan border: 75,000 refugees trapped in desert no man’s land in dire conditions

To download available video material and satellite imagery click here Video footage and satellite images showing makeshift grave sites and burial mounds offer a rare glimpse inside a desert no man’s land between Jordan and Syria where tens of thousands of refugees who have been virtually cut off from humanitarian aid for two months are stranded, said Amnesty International. The video footage was obtained from Tribal Council of Palmyra and Badia, which has a network of activists operating inside the area known as the berm, and independently verified using satellite imagery.

Date:
15 September 2016
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Miraculous journeys, stranded hopes

Strapped onto either side of a horse, 30 year-old Alan Mohammad and his 28 year-old sister Gyan crossed craggy mountains from Iraq and into Turkey last February. Their younger sister walked ahead, leading the horse. Their mother, brother and younger sister trailed behind, pushing heavy wheelchairs up the steep unpaved path. Alan and Gyan, both teachers, have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth.

Date:
7 September 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Children

After escaping war, what awaits Syrian children in Europe?

The horrific situation facing Syria’s children, graphically captured by the haunting image of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, shocked and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble of his home, makes it easy to understand why parents would take their children on the desperate, arduous journey to Europe. But if a child like Omran were to survive the trip and reach Europe’s shores, their ordeal would be far from over.

Date:
22 August 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Greece
  • Refugees

The former refugee who rescued his own family on a Greek beach

On World Refugee Day, we talk to Ghias Aljundi (pictured above left, in yellow), who fled to the UK from Syria 18 years ago. He is one of thousands volunteering to help refugees arriving in Greece since last year. But he’d never expected that one day he’d rescue his own family from a rubber boat. When I flew out to Lesvos, Greece, I had no idea my family would also be arriving on the island in a small rubber boat.

Date:
19 June 2016
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Refugees

Crossing borders: Over land and sea from Syria to Germany

In the February/March edition of Voices in Crisis, Abu al-Abd, a Palestinian refugee and long-term resident of Syria, described the risks and difficulties of carrying out medical work in the besieged and embattled south Damascus neighbourhood of Yarmouk. We pick up his story here, as he tells Amnesty International how he managed to flee to Germany. It includes bribery, dozens of checkpoints, collusion among warring groups, a total of nine countriesand crossing the Mediterranean in which some 8,000 people have drowned in the past two years.

Date:
17 June 2016
  • Research
  • Burkina Faso
  • Refugees

Wire Magazine April – June 2016: Strength and light: Burkina Faso’s heroic women

Inside the latest issue of WIRE you’ll find a feature celebrating the girls of Burkina Faso who have overcome rape, violence, and early or forced marriage alongside the women who have defended and empowered them. There’s also plenty of good news from our last few months of campaigning, such as the release of Mahmoud Hussein in Egypt after over two years in jail, as well as a look at how the My Body My Rights campaign has successfully defended women’s rights worldwide over the last couple of years.

Date:
20 May 2016
Ref:
NWS 21/3982/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Syria
  • Refugees

Stand #withrefugees

The results of our global survey on public attitudes towards refugees are overwhelmingly positive –but most governments still just aren’t listening. It's time to speak out! It’s time to make brave decisions and do the right thing - Governments can start by agreeing to share responsibility for those refugees who need help most, at the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey on 23-24 May. We're pushing for more than 1 million refugees to be resettled by the end of 2017.

Date:
19 May 2016