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January 13, 2022 • Press Release

Conviction of Syrian official for crimes against humanity a historic win for justice

Responding to a decision of the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, which has convicted former Syrian intelligence officer Anwar Raslan to life in prison for crimes against humanity, including torture, murder and rape of detainees in Branch 251, an infamous military intelligence facility in Damascus city, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Lynn Maalouf, said: “Today’s verdict is a historic victory that amplifies the voices of tens of thousands of survivors of unlawful detention, torture and sexual violence, as well as the voices of the families of victims who died in Syria’s prisons and detention centres as a result of the treatment of Syrian security forces for over a decade. Notably, it also recognizes the systematized nature of sexual violence as crime against humanity. This wouldn’t have come about without those who dared to share their stories, Syria’s civil society actors, and human rights and litigation organizations who have doggedly pursued justice, truth and reparation over the years.

December 8, 2021 • Country

Syria

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September 30, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: THREE SYRIAN REFUGEES AT RISK OF DEPORTATION (Lebanon: UA 101.21)

Three Syrian refugees from Daraa governorate in southern Syria, Ahmad Al Waked, Tarek Al A’lo, and Fares Al Zo’bi, are at risk of forced deportation to Syria after General Security detained them at Beirut International Airport on September 13, 14, and 16, 2021 respectively. Since then, the three detainees have been held in incommunicado detention.

September 7, 2021 • Report

Former refugees tortured, raped, disappeared in Syria after returning home

Syrian security forces have subjected Syrians who returned home after seeking refuge abroad to detention, disappearance and torture, including sexual violence, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, “You’re going to …

July 9, 2021 • Press Release

UN Security Council’s compromise resolution on Syria falls short of humanitarian needs

Responding to the UN Security Council vote passing a resolution renewing authorization of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for the delivery of UN cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey to north-west …

• Press Release

Biden Must Step Up Support for Critical Humanitarian Aid into Syria as Russia Threatens Crossing Closure

The Biden Administration must use every tool at its disposal to prevent this blocking of lifesaving aid – and COVID-19 vaccines – to millions of Syrians, Amnesty International USA said …

April 27, 2021 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Denmark: Protect Syrians at Risk of Return (Denmark: UA 45.21)

Between 2020 and April 1, 2021, Denmark has revoked or not renewed the residence permits of 380 Syrians, claiming that certain parts of Syria (Damascus and the Rif region) are “safe”. While many of them are waiting for their cases to be finally decided in appeal, 39 Syrians have already been put in a “return position”, meaning that they are at risk of being returned to Syria. Amnesty International believes that any return to Syria would be a violation of the international obligation of non-refoulement, which prohibits states from transferring people to a place where they would be at real risk of serious human rights violations.

June 26, 2020 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Syrian Kurd Under Threat of Execution in Iran (Iran: UA 151.18)

Kamal Hassan Ramezan Soulo, a Syrian Kurd arbitrarily detained in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province, has been at risk of arbitrary execution for three years because ministry of intelligence officials refuse to acknowledge his real identity and instead are torturing and otherwise ill-treating him to make false “confessions” that he took part in an armed attack. They continue to seek his execution by claiming that he is a different man, despite two court rulings dismissing the claims. He must be released immediately.

May 10, 2020 • Press Release

UN must not cut vital aid lifeline to north-west Syria amid Russian and Syrian war crimes

A new Amnesty International report, 'Nowhere is safe for us': Unlawful attacks and mass displacement in north-west Syria, details 18 cases – the majority in January and February 2020 – where Syrian and/or Russian government forces targeted medical facilities and schools in Idlib, western Aleppo and north-western Hama governorates.

April 22, 2020 • Press Release

Torture Trial in Germany a ‘Historic Step’ Towards Justice in Syria

The first trial of two former officials of the Syrian government’s security service charged with crimes against humanity marks an important step towards justice, Amnesty International said.