Syria

Human Rights Organisations Keep the Spotlight on Grave Violations in Syria

the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) released a report that documents at least 186 arbitrary arrests and detentions in Syria; the report also analyses Law No.16 for 2022 which criminalises torture and was enacted by the Syrian President on 30th March 2022. According to SNHR, the law contains fundamental flaws in its definition of torture, its omission of inhuman and degrading detention conditions and the narrow application of the statute of limitations to incidences of torture. Read more

Human Rights Organisations Keep the Spotlight on Grave Violations in Syria

Media Networks and Journalists Face Brutal Repression

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad ratified the Cybercrime Law No. 20 of 2022, which includes penalties ranging from one month to 15 years in prison, while fines range from 200,000 to 15 million (approx. 26,700 EUR) Syrian pounds for a group of acts classified by the law as cybercrimes; the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria—the regional government—announced that it was suspending Rudaw Media Network’s license to operate in north-eastern Syria; German court in the city of Frankfurt began hearing evidence in a trial involving allegations of torture and murder by state agents during Syria’s decade-long brutal armed conflict; Read more

Media Networks and Journalists Face Brutal Repression

Journalists assassinated and detained incommunicado, peaceful protesters arrested

Several protesters arrested following peaceful protests which began on 7th June 2020 in the predominantly Druze city of Sweida; journalist Hussain Khattab assassinated by unidentified masked gunmen; civil society activist and journalist Nour Al-Shilo released after she was arrested and detained incommunicado; On 9th December 2020, Syrian civil society organisations marked the anniversary of the kidnapping of four activists in Douma in 2013; Read more

Journalists assassinated and detained incommunicado, peaceful protesters arrested

Human rights defenders arrested and journalists injured

Human rights lawyer Yasser Al-Saleem and activist Abdelhamid Al-Bayoush arrested, journalists Ibrahim Ahmad and Gulistan Mohammed, who work for the Syrian Kurdish news agency ANHA/Hawa, sustained gunshot injuries while covering clashes, Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda released after 40 months detention by Islamist group, Syrian writer Souleman Yousph arrested and detained for five days after critising the Kurdish Democratic Union Read more

Human rights defenders arrested and journalists injured

Dozens of journalists fear for their lives

More journalists arrested, injured, killed and detained, while dozens fear for their lives. Read more

Dozens of journalists fear for their lives

Attacks on journalists continue, as new law threatens expression

Two journalists were killed by unknown gunmen, while two others were physically assaulted and detained by security officers. A new cyber crimes law is opposed by civil society for threatening online freedom. Read more

Attacks on journalists continue, as new law threatens expression

7 years on: Eastern Ghouta dubbed "hell on earth"

As the Syrian conflict continues, civilians trapped in Eastern Ghouta face starvation and indiscriminate bombing raids. 400,000 people were reportedly trapped as Syrian government forces encircled the rebel stronghold. Read more

7 years on: Eastern Ghouta dubbed "hell on earth"

Journalists killed, injured and arrested as the Syrian conflict continues

Freedom of expression continues to be severely threatened in Syria as the conflict continues. Read more

 Journalists killed, injured and arrested as the Syrian conflict continues