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Lebanon: Syrian refugees subjected to same shocking torture techniques used in Assad's jails - new report

An artist's rendering of the 'flying carpet' torture technique © Jawad Morad / Amnesty International

Interrogators using ‘same horrors employed in Syrian prisons’ against refugees expressing political opposition to Syrian government In some cases trials of those detained delayed for up to two years ‘This report offers a snapshot of the Lebanese authorities’ cruel, abusive and discriminatory treatment of Syrian refugees’ - Marie Forestier The Lebanese security forces have committed shocking human rights violations against Syrian refugees arrested - often arbitrarily - on terrorism-related charges, said Amnesty International in a damning new report today. Amnesty’s 52-page report - ‘I wish I

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Mar 11 2021 2:05PM
Syria 10 Years On - Assad’s Pyrrhic Victory

Syria’s human rights community is not just petitioning and protesting against atrocities; they’re also hunting down torturers and war criminals.

Mar 6 2021 5:59PM
Friends & Families of Syria’s Disappeared Develop a Roadmap for Justice

Kristyan Benedict - @KreaseChan In the autumn of 2019, Syrian survivors of torture and familes of those still missing, gathered in rural Holland to work on what would become, nearly 18 months later, the Truth and Justice Charter. I...

Conviction of former Syrian official in Germany for crimes against humanity 'historic victory for justice'

Women, men and children at a rally in London, UK carrying Syria flags
Demonstrators carrying Syria flags at a UK rally in Trafalgar Square, as part of the Global Day of Action on the Middle East and North Africa © Amnesty International (photo: Imran Uppal)

‘We call on more states to follow Germany’s example by investigating and prosecuting individuals suspected of committing war crimes or other crimes under international law in Syria’- Lynn Maalouf Responding to a decision of the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, which has sentenced Eyad al-Gharib, a former Syrian security officer, to four-and-a-half years in prison for his role in aiding and abetting the torture of detained protesters in Damascus, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Lynn Maalouf said: “Today’s historic verdict – the first of

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Dec 22 2020 10:59AM
Why Did Austria Protect An Assad Regime Torture Chief?

Syrian human rights activists want states to hold Austria to account for violating the Torture Convention

Oct 12 2020 4:12PM
Countless Brave Syrian Activists Made The Koblenz Torture Trial Possible

By Mansour Omari Earlier this year, on April 23, a monumental event happened. The first ever trial about Syrian state torture started in Koblenz, Germany. The German prosecution charged two Syrians, Anwar Raslan and Iyad Al-Gharib...

May 18 2020 7:11PM
Syrian Torture Trial in Koblenz, Germany - Part 1

Mansour Omari, a Syrian human rights defender, gives a personal account of the first day of a historic Syrian torture trial in Koblenz, Germany.

Syria: UN must not cut vital aid lifeline to Idlib amid Russian and Syrian war crimes - new report

Satellite imagery showing al-Shami hospital in the town of Ariha after three airstrikes on 29 January (inset photographs: civil defence volunteers inspecting buildings hit in the second and third strikes, credit: Enab Baladi) © DigitalGlobe

Detailed investigation into 18 air and ground attacks on hospitals and schools, including with banned cluster munitions Information from intercepted cockpit communications provides ‘strong evidence’ of Russian involvement ‘A [cluster munition] bomblet exploded close to my feet, blowing the flesh off’ - teacher in Idlib city ‘The UN Security Council must not cut the vital lifeline of cross-border humanitarian aid while thousands of lives hang in the balance’ - Heba Morayef The UN Security Council must not cut a vital aid lifeline for civilians in Idlib, Amnesty International said today, as a

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Apr 14 2020 3:01PM
Syrian Torture Trial in Koblenz, Germany - Part 3

I wondered what his victims felt hearing his voice. Was it too penetrating? Did it throw them back to that time and place when they heard it for the first time?

Syria: COVID-19 'could spread quickly' in inhumane prisons

An anti-coronavirus disinfecting truck in the government-controlled city of Latakia yesterday © Russian Defense Ministry/TASS/Getty

Former inmates told Amnesty they were held in cells with bodies of deceased detainees for days Untrustworthiness of Government information means virus spread might be more extensive than reported ‘This Government has a long record of denying prisoners and detainees the medical care and medicines they urgently need’ - Lynn Maalouf The Syrian authorities must cooperate fully with UN agencies and humanitarian organisations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country’s prisons, detention centres and military hospitals, said Amnesty International today. Prisoners and detainees - including tens

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