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UN: Syria violence continues after 5 years of conflict
February 27, 2015
Two senior UN relief officials expressed concern Thursday about the brutal violence that continues to plague Syria as a result of the country's internal conflict. In a presentation to the UN Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinato....... [more]

Syria rebel sentenced to 5 years for war crimes
February 26, 2015
A Swedish court sentenced Syrian refugee Mouhannad Droub to five years in prison after convicting him of abusing a captured member of President Bashar Assad's forces. Droub was part of a group under the Free Syrian Army, where he and other members beat a prisoner and posted a video of the abuse on F....... [more]

Islamic State kills 40 in suicide bombing
February 21, 2015
The Islamic State (IS) on Friday led suicide bombings in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people and injuring 70 more. IS said this was the group's way of retaliating against Egyptian airstrikes protesting the IS presence in Northern Africa. The bombings occurred in the Syrian-controlled town of Q....... [more]

UN: serious crimes being committed in Syria in midst of unrest
February 20, 2015
Four UN human rights experts briefed the Security Council on Friday regarding a new report on human rights violations in war-torn Syria. Heading the Commission of Inquiry was Paulo SÚrgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, who called....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Syria to release activists held without due process
February 19, 2015
UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Syrian authorities on Thursday to release jailed activists that have been held without due process, in some cases for years, after reports of widespread torture and human rights abuses of detainees. Syrian authorities reportedly targeted ac....... [more]

Rights groups call for release of Syria activists
February 16, 2015
A coalition of 71 human rights groups released a statement on Monday urging the Syrian government to release three prominent human rights defenders on the third anniversary of their imprisonment. The statement identifies the three men, Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir, as Syrian jour....... [more]

UK enacts strict anti-terror legislation
February 13, 2015
The UK on Friday enacted anti-terror legislation to help combat terrorism by curbing the number of British citizens joining Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups in Iraq and Syria. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act expands the current anti-terror law and includes provisions allowing the....... [more]

Belgium court sentences Islamist leader on terrorism charges
February 11, 2015
A Belgian court on Wednesday declared a radical Islamist group a terrorist organization, sentencing its leader to 12 years in prison. The group, known as Sharia4Belgium, has allegedly been recruiting young individuals to join their terrorist organization and fight in Syria. The court determined the....... [more]

Amnesty urges countries to support refugee programs for Syria expatriates
February 4, 2015
Countries around the world must show public support to Syrian refugees through resettlement and other humanitarian admission programs said Amnesty International (AI) in a report Wednesday. The report highlights the humanitarian crisis faced by individuals fleeing the conflict in Syria. The UN Refuge....... [more]

Syria rebel facing war crimes charges in Sweden
February 3, 2015
A Syrian rebel fighter was charged in Sweden Monday with war crimes for abusing a member of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. The assault on the representative of Assad's forces was not only carried out by this individual but also by other members of the Free Syrian Army. The suspect was indic....... [more]

HRW: Syria, Iraq governments fueling Islamic extremism and must reform
January 29, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi p....... [more]




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