March 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
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 ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
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 ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Valerie Howell
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 ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
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 ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
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 ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
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 ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Valerie Howell
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 ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
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 ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by William Helbling
A Belgian court on Wednesday declared a radical Islamist group a terrorist organization, sentencing its leader to 12 years in prison. The group, known as Sharia4Belgium, has allegedly been recruiting young individuals to join their terrorist organization and fight in Syria. The court determined ...[read more]

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