Syria

13.04.2021

The Brutes Haven’t All Been Exterminated

The Brutes Haven’t All Been Exterminated

Sometimes I struggle to explain why none of the endless wars can ever be ended. Are they just too profitable? Is the propaganda self-fulfilling and self-believing? Is the bureaucratic inertia that powerful? No combination of semi-rational motivations ever seems sufficient. But here’s a potentially relevant fact: there are still people… »

22.03.2021

Top Rights Tweets of the Week

Top Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Trending rights tweets this week: Killings continue in Myanmar as the military junta declared martial law, meaning protesters or activists can be brought before military courts and have no right to appeal sentences meted out; US calls on Ethiopia… »

20.03.2021

Syria: The Start of a Long Night of Sorrow

Syria: The Start of a Long Night of Sorrow

On 13 March 2011 in Dara’a, in the south of Syria, 15 teenage boys were arrested by Syrian security police for having written hostile graffiti against President Bashar Al-Assad on a school wall. The arrests led to non-violent protests in Derra and by 15 March the protests had spread… »

15.03.2021

Ten years of war: the world must talk about Syria again

Ten years of war: the world must talk about Syria again

The spotlight is elsewhere, but people are still dying in Syria and a whole generation of children does not know what it means to live in peace. On the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict, we listen to the testimonies of those who live the horrors every day. »

10.03.2021

ICRC: Millions of young Syrians paid heavy toll during “decade of savage loss”

ICRC: Millions of young Syrians paid heavy toll during “decade of savage loss”

As the crisis in Syria moves into its second decade, a survey commissioned by the International Committee of the Red Cross highlights the heavy price paid by young Syrians. 1,400 Syrians between the ages of 18-25 were surveyed in Syria, Lebanon and Germany. Across the three countries,… »

06.02.2021

Syrian refugees in Lebanon hugely impacted by ongoing economic and COVID-19 crises

Syrian refugees in Lebanon hugely impacted by ongoing economic and COVID-19 crises

The situation in Lebanon has been steadily deteriorating, and is projected to get much worse. Syrian refugees are among those worst off. The Refugee Protection Watch Coalition (RPW), of which PAX is part of, has interviewed hundreds of Syrian refugees and members of host communities in Lebanon. The resulting… »

01.02.2021

Floods in Syria. Still I Rise distributes blankets, tarps and mats to support its students

Floods in Syria. Still I Rise distributes blankets, tarps and mats to support its students

After the recent floods in North West Syria, Still I Rise chose to support its students at Ma’an educational center in Ad Dana through the distribution of tarps, blankets and waterproof mats. This is by far just a drop in the ocean, as the situation in North West Syria keeps… »

23.09.2020

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice

The Netherlands announced on Sept. 18 that it had notified Syria of its intention to hold that government accountable for torture under the United Nations Convention against Torture. The Syrian government responded by saying the Netherlands had no right to address human rights, and that… »

11.01.2020

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization. Failing last month to extend… »

24.12.2019

“For Sama,” the Right Dose of Oxytocin

“For Sama,” the Right Dose of Oxytocin

By Jhon Sánchez Like Tim O’Brien in “How to Tell a War Story,” from “The Things They Carried,” I start this article with the following: ‘This is true. We have a buddy [in Siria.]” Her name is Waad al-Kateab, a journalist. Waad documents her family life, marriage, and pregnancy from… »

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