Nov 19 2019 2:18PM
The call that never came: how one Syrian torture survivor is refusing to let injustice crush him
Kristyan Benedict - @KreaseChan “Make sure my phone is always charged in case Islam calls me” - that’s what Ahmad Helmi told his mother when she visited him in prison. Islam Dabbas was Ahmad’s best friend. His companion from boyhood. T...
Oct 30 2019 2:24PM
Never Forget. Never Forgive. Syrians demand Justice
A handful of Syrian activists, despite unimaginable personal trauma, are fighting for justice for Syria. Because without justice there can never be peace.
May 1 2019 5:32PM
Syrian torture survivors are fighting back
By Kristyan Benedict - AIUKs Crisis & Tactical Campaigns Manager. Twitter - KreaseChan “What is a laptop?” The man I was sitting with just off Taksim Square in Istanbul asked this apparently bizarre question after experiencing his new...
Apr 14 2018 10:00AM
Syria military intervention: 6 key points to help protect civilians
Several governments have begun military action against Syria. Whatever happens, they must protect civilian life.
Apr 8 2018 4:37PM
After Saydnaya, we'll rebuild
Kristyan Benedict - @KreaseChan I’m in Beirut and my second workshop with the Syrian human right initiative Ta’afi has just wrapped up. As I’m collecting my papers, Ahmad, the head of Ta’afi, which works to resettle and empower newly-r...
Mar 15 2018 9:00AM
Syria’s seven years of suffering
The situation in eastern Ghouta is by no means a recent crisis. Syrians have now endured seven years of horrifying violence.
Nov 9 2016 8:39PM
Trump’s win: what this might mean for Syria
It’s too early to say exactly what Donald Trump’s presidential victory means for Syria’s beleaguered civilians. Will he “pivot” the USA towards Assad and Putin in some narrow “counter terror” strategy against ISIS? He has certainly giv...
Sep 6 2016 7:47PM
What hopes for credible justice in a post Assad Syria?
By Kristyan Benedict - @KreaseChan As London plays host to Syria’s political opposition, talk once again is about a future political “transition” in Syria. Given the relentlessly brutal reality on the ground in Syria, any search for a...
May 26 2016 12:55PM
The Syrian Institute for Justice – Communicating Hope in Lawless Times
Kristyan Benedict - @KreaseChan It’s 9am, and in a small corner of a hotel in Gaziantep, southern Turkey, a group of Syrian activists are huddled together discussing their work in the war-torn city of Aleppo. This is not an uncommon sc...
Feb 2 2016 11:04AM
'Burning Country- Syrians in Revolution & War' book launch
Kristyan Benedict - @KreaseChan “Syria was once known as the ‘Kingdom of silence’. In 2011 it burst into speech – not in one voice but in millions…For a few brief moments the people changed everything. Then the counter-revolutions grou...
Dec 1 2015 3:27PM
A 'comprehensive strategy' on ISIS in Syria - some points for the UK
Kristyan Benedict - on Twitter as @KreaseChan Civilians in Syria are being subjected to appalling human rights violations committed by the Syrian government and many armed opposition groups. These violations amount to war crimes and in...
Oct 8 2015 1:17PM
With no deterrence to atrocities, Syria will continue to fragment
By Kristyan Benedict - Amnesty International UK @KreaseChan On October 6 I spoke on a panel at the Frontline Club about the horrific Caesar photos and the ongoing search for justice and accountability in Syria. Below is a summary (some...
Sep 7 2015 1:50PM
Syria: Could the UN Break the Siege of Douma?
by Kristyan Benedict, Amnesty International UK - @KreaseChan Douma, like many besieged and bombed parts of Syria, has slipped out of the mainstream news again. The humanitarian catastrophe there is still very much a reality though and...
Jun 12 2015 2:19PM
Syria’s Long Walk to Freedom
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”  — Nelson Mandela Freedom from fear doesn’t come easy. That’s especially the case in Syria. For over four y...
May 22 2015 5:21PM
Syria: One year since Russia & China blocked the ICC
One year ago today Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution which would have referred the horrendous situation in Syria to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. That callous move compounded the misery for...
Mar 16 2015 4:54PM
A fifth anniversary of the Syria crisis is tragically looking all too likely
The fourth anniversary of the uprisings in Syria has passed. The reality for most Syrian civilians is as grim as it was on March 15 2015 as it is today. For Syrians hiding from barrel bombs and missiles, there is still no respite. For...
Sep 10 2014 5:23PM
US air strikes against ISIS in Syria & arming opposition groups. Some questions
US-led strikes against ISIS positions inside Syria and the arming of armed opposition groups are now a real possibility . However, little is being said about what this may mean for civilians in Syria or the prospect of long-term stabil...
Sep 5 2014 7:20PM
New Radio Clip Promoting International Aid Access in Syria
I recently wrote about the importance of ensuring greater grassroots buy-in for increased humanitarian access into Syria. This is vitally important now that there is a UN Security Council resolution mandating the UN to enter Syria with...
Sep 1 2014 11:20PM
Increasing aid access into Syria – building confidence, cooperation & security
“A step change in access is still required that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who suffer in the Syrian Arab Republic.” UN Secretary General, 21 August 2014 The UN now having the ability to enter Syria without...
Jun 28 2014 4:55PM
"Return to Homs" - The Audacious Hope of Revolution
"The crisis changed each and every one of us. The challenges changed us, but mostly it was death. Death left its mark in every one of us: we all changed because of the increasing violence, the loss of people close to us, the injustice,...