Tag Archives: Syria

Secret detention in Syria: “We could hear the screams of torture victims”

By Shappal Ibrahim, a Syrian Kurdish rights activist. When Shappal Ibrahim, a peaceful activist with the Union of Young Kurds, was approached by a Syrian government official claiming to be a fellow supporter of the country’s “revolution”, he did not … Continue reading

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Real vs. Fake: How to authenticate YouTube videos for human rights work

Christoph Koettl from Amnesty USA’s Crisis Prevention and Response Unit reports on a new tool he’s launching to help human rights workers sift video fact from fiction. During crises or disasters, YouTube is widely used to share footage—including a host … Continue reading

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Syrians struggling to begin new lives in Istanbul

By Anna Shea, Legal Adviser on Refugee and Migrant Rights at Amnesty International. What struck me most when I met Zeinah (not her real name), a 29-year-old Syrian refugee in Turkey, were her warm personality and marvelous smile. But her … Continue reading

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‘The true worth of our presence’ – Syrian lawyers risk detention and death in the name of justice

By a Damascus-based human rights lawyer * Being a human rights lawyer in Syria has never been easy. We have always been vulnerable to prosecution or at risk of arrest by the authorities. Over the past few years, however, the … Continue reading

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Standing #withSyria to end the horrific abuses of three years of unrest

By Neil Sammonds, Syria Researcher at Amnesty International A girl was hospitalized when she fell ill after starvation drove her family to kill and eat a dog. Others have been admitted for illness caused by eating a waxy mixture of … Continue reading

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