News from Syria

Syria: Two Kurdish journalists killed in car bombing in Abu Fas while covering conflict


Journalist Dilîşan Îbiş was killed instantly and journalist Hogir Mihemed suffered fatal injuries when two Daesh attackers carried out a suicide car bomb targeting civilians on a road in…

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


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


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


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


“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


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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