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Syria/Turkey: Syrian Director Muhammad Bayazid victim of assassination attempt in Istanbul while making human rights film

2017-10-12

Syrian human rights defenders continue to be exposed to great danger while living in or visiting Turkey. Muhammad Bayazid, a Syrian movie director and human rights defender who was born and raised in…

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Syria/Turkey: Syrian human rights defenders Orouba Barakat and Halla Barakat murdered in Istanbul

2017-10-10

Update: Syria: A distant relative was arrested on 30 September in the murder of Orouba Barakat and Halla Barakat earlier that month in Istanbul. The motive appears to be financial, according to the confessions…

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Syria: GCHR calls for the immediate release of Human Rights Lawyer Khalil Ma’touq and his assistant Mohamed Thatha

2017-10-02

The Syrian government should immediately release prominent human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq and his assistant, Mohamed Thatha, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said today on the fifth anniversary…

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Syria: Justice for the thousands of victims of enforced disappearances

2017-08-30

30 August 2017 – International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances We, the undersigned civil society organisations, commemorate the victims of enforced disappearances in Syria and support…

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Syria: “Rising for Freedom” magazine banned and journalists sentenced to prison, as VDC offices attacked by mob

2017-08-15

“Rising for Freedom” (Talaana Aaharih) magazine has been banned in Douma, Syria and two of its journalists sentenced to prison over an article published earlier this year. The offices of the…

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Syria: Rights groups condemn extrajudicial execution of human rights defender and software engineer Bassel Khartabil

2017-08-02

The family of Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian-Palestinian software engineer and free speech activist, confirmed that he had been subjected to an extrajudicial execution in October 2015. The undersigned human…

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