Category Archives: Syria

‘My hopes evaporate and the bitter reality remains’ – Abducted in Syria

Munira al-Hamwi writes about her daughter Razan Zaitouneh, an award-winning Syrian human rights defender and writer, who was abducted along with her husband and two friends in Duma, on 9 December 2013. Duma is one of several towns in the … Continue reading

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Released schoolboys reveal torture, fear and anxiety in IS captivity in Syria

By Noor Al-Bazzaz of Amnesty International’s Syria team Five months to the day after being abducted and held hostage by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), a group of 25 students from Kobani were unexpectedly set free on … Continue reading

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Life and death in no man’s land between Syria and Turkey

By Neil Sammonds, Amnesty International’s Syria Researcher on the Turkey-Syria border A dust cloud from the US air strike drifts across the border from Kobani and blurs our view from the overlooking Turkish hilltop. Most if not all of those … Continue reading

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Four young daughters lost in a Mediterranean shipwreck

Syrian doctor Hasan Wahid lost his four young daughters in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean on 11 October 2013. His family’s story illustrates the impossible choices – and terrible dangers – refugees and migrants face trying to reach Europe. Hasan … Continue reading

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Europe failed to act on the warning signs of a tragedy in the Mediterranean

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights at Amnesty International Before the two shipwrecks that came to light yesterday,1,800 people were believed to have died or gone missing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa this … Continue reading

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