As many as 133 Syrian civil society organizations announced their outright rejection of the so-called national dialogue conference due to be held in the Russian city of Sochi on January 29-30, saying that this conference poses a serious threat to the peace process in Syria. In a joint statement, the organizations stressed that the Sochi Conference, which will be sponsored by Russia, would not ensure fair, adequate, representation and participation…
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that at least 42 journalists and media activists were killed in Syria in 2017, including a woman. In a report released on Thursday, the Network pointed out that regime forces and their allies were responsible for the majority of deaths of journalists and media workers during the reporting period. The report indicated that the Assad regime and Russian forces were responsible for…
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that at least 6,517 people were detained in Syria in 2017, including 551 in December. In a report released on Wednesday, the Network said that the detainees included 434 children and 760 women. The report indicated that 4,796 people were detained by the Assad regime and 843 by extremist groups, including 539 by ISIS. The report noted that the militia of the…
Russian jets on Tuesday bombed Hasan al-A'araj Hospital in the town of Ma'arat al-Nu'man in rural Idlib, destroying large parts of the hospital and putting the facility out of service. The Syrian Interim Government’s directorate of health in Idlib province said that the violent Russian airstrikes caused severe damage to the hospital building and the equipment and destroyed electricity generators, transport vehicles and ambulances. The directorate pointed out that though…
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) that at least 232 people were killed under torture in Syria in 2017. Of those, 211 died in the prisons of the Assad regime, including a child and two women. According to a report the monitoring group released on Tuesday, the victims included seven people who were killed under torture by militant groups, five by the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD),…
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