Category Archives: Refugees

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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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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“Don’t they know that winter is coming?” Frustration and fear among Iraq’s displaced

By James Lynch and Francesca Pizzutelli, Refugee and Migrants’ Rights researchers, in northern Iraq. Everywhere in northern Iraq thousands of people driven from their homes by the conflict are now struggling to survive in grim conditions. As winter approaches it can only … Continue reading

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Rescuing a thousand refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean

This is the second blog from a search and rescue operation with the Italian Navy by Amnesty’s Europe campaigner, Matteo de Bellis. We are patrolling the central Mediterranean between the Italian island of Lampedusa, Tunisia and Libya. The Virginio Fasan … Continue reading

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