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UN: Asylum applications in industrialized countries greatly increased
March 27, 2015
The UN refugee agency released a report on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres dr....... [more]

UN envoy warns Security Council that Yemen nearing civil war
March 23, 2015
The UN special envoy to Yemen warned the UN Security Council during an emergency meeting Sunday that the situation in Yemen is teetering on the brink of civil war. The special envoy, Jamal Benomar, warned the Council that the increasingly violent and expanding conflict in Yemen could erupt into civ....... [more]

UN investigators call for prosecution of Syria war crimes
March 18, 2015
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria expressed concern Tuesday about atrocities and abuses in Syria by both the Assad regime and anti-government armed groups, advocating for UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or the establishment of a special tribunal to prosecut....... [more]

Amnesty: Syria government air strikes killed civilians
March 17, 2015
Syrian government air strikes on the northern city of al-Raqqa last November killed "dozens of civilians and injured many more," Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. Although it was revealed on two occasions in November that the Syrian forces had "attacked fighters affiliated to the armed gr....... [more]

UN: Syria violence continues after 5 years of conflict
February 27, 2015
Two senior UN relief officials expressed concern Thursday about the brutal violence that continues to plague Syria as a result of the country's internal conflict. In a presentation to the UN Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinato....... [more]

Syria rebel sentenced to 5 years for war crimes
February 26, 2015
A Swedish court sentenced Syrian refugee Mouhannad Droub to five years in prison after convicting him of abusing a captured member of President Bashar Assad's forces. Droub was part of a group under the Free Syrian Army, where he and other members beat a prisoner and posted a video of the abuse on F....... [more]

Islamic State kills 40 in suicide bombing
February 21, 2015
The Islamic State (IS) on Friday led suicide bombings in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people and injuring 70 more. IS said this was the group's way of retaliating against Egyptian airstrikes protesting the IS presence in Northern Africa. The bombings occurred in the Syrian-controlled town of Q....... [more]

UN: serious crimes being committed in Syria in midst of unrest
February 20, 2015
Four UN human rights experts briefed the Security Council on Friday regarding a new report on human rights violations in war-torn Syria. Heading the Commission of Inquiry was Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, who called....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Syria to release activists held without due process
February 19, 2015
UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Syrian authorities on Thursday to release jailed activists that have been held without due process, in some cases for years, after reports of widespread torture and human rights abuses of detainees. Syrian authorities reportedly targeted ac....... [more]

Rights groups call for release of Syria activists
February 16, 2015
A coalition of 71 human rights groups released a statement on Monday urging the Syrian government to release three prominent human rights defenders on the third anniversary of their imprisonment. The statement identifies the three men, Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir, as Syrian jour....... [more]

UK enacts strict anti-terror legislation
February 13, 2015
The UK on Friday enacted anti-terror legislation to help combat terrorism by curbing the number of British citizens joining Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups in Iraq and Syria. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act expands the current anti-terror law and includes provisions allowing the....... [more]




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