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Turkish Prime Minister to visit Hatay Syrian Refugee Camps: EMHRN calls for better international protection

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The Euro-mediteranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) calls on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to seize the opportunity of alleged plans to visit Syrian refugee camps in Hatay to improve the status of Syrians crossing into Turkey. EMHRN also invites the Turkish authorities to consider EMHRN latest report published following a week-long mission to refugee camps in the southern province of Hatay late August.

Young Syrian Protester held incommunica

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Young Syrian man Mohamad Nooh was arrested on 5 October during a demonstration in Daraya, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. He has been held incommunicado since his arrest in conditions amounting to an enforced disappearance. Amnesty International fears for his health as he suffers from liver cirrhosis and needs medical care.

Assassination of Syrian Kurdish leader a ‘dangerous escalation’

11 October 2011

The assassination of a prominent Kurdish minority leader in Syria may be a dangerous turning-point in the authorities’ crackdown on protests that have swept the country since March, Amnesty International said today.  Mesh’al al-Tammo, the spokesperson of the Kurdish Future Current party and a founding member of Syria’s new opposition National Council, was shot dead last Friday by unidentified gunmen in Qamishly, near Syria’s border with Turkey.

Syrian woman activist wins human rights award

07 October 2011

Amnesty International has hailed the award of a prestigious human rights prize to a Syrian activist who was forced into hiding after defying the authorities’ crackdown on dissent. Razan Zaitouneh, 34, won the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award, which is given to a woman human rights defender standing up for victims in a conflict zone.

Activist and son no longer at risk of torture

  Syrian activist Walid al-Bunni and his son Mu’ayad al-Bunni, who had
been held incommunicado after their arrest on 6 August 2011, appear to
no longer be at risk of torture. Walid al-Bunni has been charged and is
currently awaiting trial. He now has regular contact with his family
and lawyers. Mu’ayad al-Bunni, aged 18, was released on bail. Walid al-Bunni is a prominent activist in Syria. On 6 August, Walid al-Bunni and his two sons, Mu’ayad al-Bunni and Iyad al-Bunni, aged 18 and 19 respectively, were arrested by armed men believed to be part of the Syrian Political Security forces.

Health fears for Syrian Activist


Syrian activist, Anas al-Shogre, who has been detained incommunicado since May, apparently for calling for and leading protests in the coastal city of Banias, is now believed to be held at a State Security branch in the capital Damascus. Reports suggest that he is in poor health and may have been subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

Campaign to silence protesters overseas revealed

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Syrian protesters in Europe and the Americas have been systematically monitored and harassed by embassy officials and others believed to be acting on behalf of the Syrian regime, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing paper. The Long Reach of the Mukhabaraat includes cases of more than 30 activists in eight countries – Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA – who say that they have faced intimidation from embassy officials and others and that their relatives in Syria have as a result, in some cases, apparently been exposed to harassment, detention and even torture.