Student Ranim Khalil Ma’touq and human rights lawyer Jihan Amin were arrested by members of the Syrian security forces on 17 February. Their current whereabouts are unknown.
On the second anniversary of the arrest and detention of peaceful activist Mazen Darwish and two of his colleagues, Amnesty International reiterates its call on the Syrian authorities to release the three men as well as all other activists held solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association.
As many as a quarter of a million civilians in areas under siege around Syria need the UN Security Council to push for unfettered humanitarian access to alleviate their suffering, Amnesty International said today, as the world body considers a draft resolution submitted by Australia, Luxembourg and Jordan.
FIDH urges participants attending the Geneva II Conference on January 22 to secure unrestricted access to humanitarian aid throughout Syria, the release of peaceful activists, the participation and full involvement of civil society representatives as well as women in the process of conflict resolution.
World leaders at the Geneva II peace conference on Syria must demand full access to investigate allegations that 11,000 people have been tortured and killed while in detention in the country and monitor conditions in detention, said Amnesty International.
The Geneva II peace conference on Syria must aim to urgently end government sieges imposed on opposition-held towns where civilians are starving to death, said Amnesty International.