Will the violence ever end in Syria?
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the ongoing violence and protests in Syria that has continued for over 15 months.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the ongoing violence and protests in Syria that has continued for over 15 months.
Hungary's Parliament passed a series of laws on September 7 to control the flow of refugees into Hungary, giving police more authority and setting out strict punishments, including prison terms for illegal border crossing. The law also declares Serbia a “safe country,” in theory making it impossible for refugees who arrive from Serbia to get asylum in Hungary.
Committing a criminal offense (for example, crossing the border illegally) also will be a reason to refuse any asylum claims. Potential effects of these changes are currently unclear.
According to the new laws, those who enter the country illegally from September 15 will be held in pretrial detention and quickly expelled. Government representatives stated recently that they are preparing for mass riot scenes in the coming weeks, hoping for "relative tranquility by Christmas."
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán repeatedly said that a "new time" will come in the handling of the migrant crisis , though potential effects of the changes are currently unclear.
Watch our video from the southern border of Hungary to find out what happens on the ground for the tens of thousands fleeing their homeland for a better life.
Video by Noemi Hatala
A Sudanese government special force has gone on two sprees of killings and mass rape of civilians in dozens of Darfur villages and towns since October 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should end these Rapid Support Forces (RSF) attacks and prosecute those responsible. The African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) should urgently improve its protection of civilians.
The report, “‘Men With No Mercy’: Rapid Support Forces Attacks against Civilians in Darfur, Sudan,” documents Rapid Support Forces atrocities against civilians during two counterinsurgency campaigns in Darfur. The abuses appear to be widespread and systematic attacks on civilian populations that may constitute crimes against humanity.
Nairobi, September 2, 2015
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UNHCR warns of dangerous new era in worldwide displacement as report shows almost 60 million people forced to flee their homes
A UNHCR report, released today, shows that worldwide displacement from wars, conflict, and persecution is at the highest levels we have recorded, and accelerating fast.
Read more: http://www.unhcr.org/558193896.html
This short film that details the plight of migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle East and North Africa. Amnesty gained access to Italian Navy frigate, Virginio Fasan as its crew rescued people from the dangerous boats used by unscrupulous human smugglers.
S.O.S. Europe is Amnesty International’s campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders. People move to Europe for different reasons. Some flee persecution or war. Others leave because of chronic poverty. They hope to find a safer, better future in Europe. But too often they find a different reality.
The Italian Search and Rescue operation - Mare Nostrum - which has been in existence since October 2013 - is likely to cease at the end of 2014, mainly due to costs. It has saved over 130,000 people. In the first nine months of 2014 more than 2500 people have drowned trying to reach Europe.
Amnesty International is calling for a properly resourced and mandated search and rescue operation to be mounted by all the EU countries and not Italy alone. It is also is demanding that safe and legal routes to Europe are opened for refugees and asuylum-seekers and that EU leaders honour their shared responsibility to protect life and stop people drowning at sea.
Syria’s intensifying refugee crisis will today surpass a record three million people, amid reports of increasingly horrifying conditions inside the country. Iman and her family were displaced four times inside Syria, fleeing from village to village to escape deadly attacks, before finally seeking refuge in Lebanon.
"No-one can forget their country. We were raised in Syria, lived there. How can we not love it? It's our country no matter what. Who wouldn't miss their country, their home, the ground they walked on?"
A UNHCR video
Angela Zhekova, 88, and her husband Vangel, 98, live in the small village of Golyam Dervent, Bulgaria. The village of 50 inhabitants is at Bulgaria's border with Turkey. Thousands of refugees, mainly from war-torn Syria, have tried to cross this border, seeking safety and sanctuary. Bulgaria's response however has been to build a 30 kilometre wide and 3 metre high fence, to the sum of an estimated 4 million Euro, to try to keep them out of Fortress Europe. Angela on the other hand is doing what she can to help. Here she describes why and how she and Vangel try to care for the refugees who pass their house.
This film was produced for Amnesty International by Giorgos Moutafis, Giuseppe Chiantera and Andrey Getov.
A Human Rights Watch video
On the third anniversary of conflict, let us stand #WithSyria
Film narrated by Idris Elba with exclusive music from Elbow
#WithSyria is a coalition of over 130 humanitarian and human rights groups calling for this to be the last anniversary of conflict in Syria
The refugees and "Friends of the Refugees" were awarded with the distinction “Human of the year” 2013 in the annual Bulgarian Helsinki Committee awards for the contribution to and protection of human rights. “Give” them their award by signing the petition here: http://www.bghelsinki.org/en/dejstvaj/ne-narushavaite-pravata-na-bezhancite/
On November 14, 2013 the Bulgarian Council of Ministers adopted the draft amendments to the Law on Asylum and Refugees (LAR). The amendments introduce the detention of asylum seekers in closed-type facilities, bail measures and denial of prompt access to their registration card.
The proposed amendments violate the rights of the most vulnerable group – children seeking asylum. Between January and December 2013 the children seeking asylum in Bulgaria are 2135. Some are unaccompanied by relatives or family.
Why is the detention of children in closed-type centers dangerous?
The deprivation of liberty damages a child’s normal development. It is unconditionally prohibited by the Bulgarian Child Protection Act.
Bail is a measure of deterrence and is only applied against persons accused of having committed a crime. Detention in closed-type centers is a compulsory administrative measure for irregular migrants, who are to be deported from the country. Thus, under the proposed LAR amendments, children seeking asylum will be treated as criminals and irregular migrants to be deported. A child seeking asylum cannot be deemed irregular migrant before a procedure of granting or refusing of international asylum has taken place.
The children seeking asylum in Bulgaria are not criminals. They are not irregular migrants either. The children seeking asylum are vulnerable. Let us protect them, not prosecute them.
Watch the video to learn how you can help the children seeking asylum.
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production.
A young girl's life gets turned upside-down in this video. Could this ever happen in the UK?
This is what war does to children. Find out more at http://bit.ly/3yearson
Human Rights Watch has been working on Syria for years. This video features two of Human Rights Watch's investigations in 2013, including the al-Bayda massacre and the Ghouta attacks.
The Simelka-Peshkhabour border crossing between Syria and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq reopened earlier this week, allowing 4,000 Syrian refugees to cross by barge to northern Iraq. The crossing had been closed since mid-September in the wake of an exodus of some 60,000 Syrians beginning in mid-August 2013.
At present there are 13 refugee Syrian camps or transit sites located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Al Obeidy camp in western Anbar Province. Iraq hosts 210,000 registered Syrian refugees.
Read about the crossings: http://rfg.ee/swPNX
More than forty thousand displaced people have taken refuge at the Mpoko International Airport after armed groups clashed at Bangui, the capital of the Central Africa Republic.
Feitouana Ornella, fled her home and walked over 5 kilometers to save herself and her unborn child. This is her story and those suffering around her.
Read more at http://UNHCR.org
Syrian refugee Halloum will mark her 100th birthday this year. There's not much to celebrate in exile, as war continues to tear apart her homeland. She looks back on her life in happier times and as a refugee in Lebanon and tells of the challenges facing older people in exile.
Read more at http://UNHCR.org
Around 60,000 people live at Domiz refugee camp. Around half are children. Omar and Rojda, like all the other kids, bear the scars of war and they are looking for some semblance of a normal life.
Al Jazeera has uncovered evidence that armed forces in the Central African Republic were responsible for a massacre that took place on October 26, a few kilometres from the centre of the town of Bouar.Eighteen people were killed in the incident, the youngest victim just two weeks old.
Earlier this year a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered in western Myanmar. The authorities charged three Muslim men.
A week later, 10 Muslims were murdered in a revenge attack. What happened next was hidden from the outside world.
Bloodshed pitted Buddhists against minority Rohingya Muslims. Many Rohingya fled their homes, which were burned down in what they said was a deliberate attempt by the predominantly Buddhist government to drive them out of the country.
Around the world, armies and rebel groups are taking over schools and universities, turning safe places of learning into places of war. In classrooms, soldiers sleep and store weapons. In school offices, they detain and torture suspects. Playgrounds become training grounds. School grounds become battlegrounds.
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In every part of the world people are forced out of their homes without warning or consultation, without access to justice and without compensation. These forced evictions often involve violence. They destroy livelihoods and social networks, and drive people deeper into poverty often resulting in many becoming homeless and destitute. This is why Amnesty International and WITNESS, along with the design firm Pentagram, got together to produce this short animation showing how governments and corporations forcibly evict people.
The 64th annual meeting of UNHCR's Executive Committee will be held between 30 September and 4 October, 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The meeting is expected to focus on expanding international support for countries hosting large Syrian refugee populations.
The number of children who have fled the conflict in Syria has now topped the one million mark.
That according to the United Nations is half the total of those fleeing Syria while about three-quarters of those children are under the age of 11. The country is in danger of losing a generation believes Antonio Guterres the UN HIgh Commissioner for Refugees.
One nine-year-old refugee voiced the desperate hopes of many when he said: "I want to return to Syria to live in peace and to go back to school. I want to be able to play with my old friends again, just like before. I want our country to be safe, safe enough to live in and for it to be prosperous again."
Homes and businesses owned by Muslims have been burnt to the ground by a mob of Buddhists in the the latest incident of sectarian violence in Myanmar.
The United Nations says thousands of Syrian refugees are flooding into the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq. Fighting in Northern Syria has increased in recent months between Al Qaeda linked rebels and armed Kurdish groups. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports.
Four-year-old Shahad was forced to flee her home to escape a conflict that killed two of her siblings. She and her parents are among the 1.1 million people who fled across international borders and became refugees in 2012 -- the most in 13 years. A further 6.5 million were displaced within their own country.
Follow Shahad's story, and discover some startling refugee trends and statistics. Please watch and share to spread the word.
Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee at http://unhcr.org/1family
Since August-September 2012, when the Turkish government closed its borders to Syrian refugees, tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the war are stuck in sprawling makeshift camps along the border.
Close to six million Syrians have been displaced by the conflict in their country, which continues to cause more death and destruction every day. The vast majority -- 4.25 million -- of those forced from their homes are stuck in Syria. These internally displaced people (IDPs) are extremely vulnerable. Many IDPs are trapped in areas under the control of opposition forces, which are being relentlessly bombarded by government forces, and receive little or no international aid.
Fighting between rival tribes in Sudan's Darfur region has forced thousands of people to flee their homes. The refugees, who are mostly women and children, are now seeking safety in the neighbouring region of Kasla in eastern Chad There has been fighting in Darfur between rebels and government forces for more than 10 years, killing tens of thousands and displacing millions.
Al Jazeera's Omar Al-Saleh reports.
The Syrian Air Force has repeatedly carried out indiscriminate, and in some cases deliberate, air strikes against civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These attacks are serious violations of international humanitarian law (the laws of war), and people who commit such violations with criminal intent are responsible for war crimes.
The 75-page report, "Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes on Civilians," is based on visits to 50 sites of government air strikes in opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia governorates, and more than 140 interviews with witnesses and victims. The air strikes Human Rights Watch documented killed at least 152 civilians. According to a network of local Syrian activists, air strikes have killed more than 4,300 civilians across Syria since July 2012.
The UN has voted overwhelmingly to support a new treaty, which forces countries to control the export of weapons - which including everything from warships to combat aircraft. In all 154 countries voted in favour with Russia among 23 abstentions.
BBC's Jonathan Marcus reports.
There are more than 15 million refugees all around the world. They flee from war, violence and oppression. Pregnant women, children and sick people are many among them.
Annually Bulgaria is addressed with less than 1000 refugee applications. Notwithstanding, conditions for registration, admission and accommodation of asylum seekers in Bulgaria are completely inadequate. Instead of being accommodated in reception centers, refugees are confined in detention centers for illegal immigrants with Ministry of Interior.
Bulgarian law does not provide any deadline when they have to be released.
A Bulgarian Helsinki Committee production
taly is summarily returning unaccompanied migrant children and adult asylum seekers to Greece, where they face a dysfunctional asylum system and abusive detention conditions, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Jan 21, 2013. Stowaways on ferries from Greece, including children as young as 13, are sent back by Italian authorities within hours without adequate consideration of their particular needs as children or their desire to apply for asylum.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been uprooted by the country's brutal civil war, and now many fear they're losing a battle against winter conditions. Associated Press looks at a refugee camp near the border with Turkey.
Syrian refugee children dig... air-raid shelters (CNN).
Greece is a destination for thousands of Syrian, Somali and Afghan refugees (Al Jazeera English).
Eastern Congo remains one of the most dangerous places in Africa, particularly for women... (UNHCR)
This video depicts human rights violations in different parts of the world including a beheading in the Middle East, assaults on prisoners and torture reminiscent of the events which took place at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and armed guerrilla and child soldiers in Africa.
Short spot produced by agency TBWA for Amnesty International France.
Amnesty International researcher Elena Wasylew makes a regular trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina to visit women who were raped during the war between 1992-1995. Elena investigates why only a fraction of the tens of thousands of cases have been investigated and takes the voices of the women to the countries decision makers.
Amnesty International's researcher Donatella Rovera reports from the North West of Syria where she found more evidence of civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict in the country.
United Nations human rights chief has condemned the ongoing human rights violations in northern Mali, including cruel punishments such as amputations, and called on the Government and the international community to urgently address the crisis.
"According to credible reports that my office has received, the various armed groups currently occupying northern Mali have been committing serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes," High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council.
Mali's Justice minister Malick Coulibaly addressing the Council appealed to the International Community to support Mali in its efforts to promote peace in the country.
More than 100,000 Syrian refugees have entered neighbouring countries amid ongoing violence in their home nation. Melissa Fleming, of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, describes the latest situation to Al Jazeera.
Civilians are bearing the brunt of violence in the battle between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters for control of Aleppo - the country's largest city and commercial capital. This Amnesty International video contains footage from the fact-finding visit filmed by Donatella Rovera, as well as an interview with Donatella about her experiences and what the footage shows.
The takeover of Northern Mali by al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups leads to an exodus of more than half a million refugees out of the region. Channel 4 News's Lindsey Hilsum reports.
The government of Malta has a policy of automatically detaining migrant children who make the journey from Africa to Europe alone. These children are held in detention centers along with adults, in violation of international law. HRW's Alice Farmer reports.
The Yemeni authorities must launch an immediate independent investigation after Central Security Forces and snipers opened fire on a peaceful demonstration and march in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday killing at least three people, and leaving another on a life-support machine. On 07 July 2012, snipers were seen firing from rooftops as hundreds gathered to mark the 18th anniversary of the day in 1994 that government forces from Sana'a captured Aden from secessionist forces at the end of the civil war. Dina El-Mamoun of Amnesty International reports from the city of Amen after injured protestors were brought to a local hospital for treatment.
Some 140,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan, escaping the Shabbiha -- gunmen loyal to President Assad. They are currently housed in two compounds in a border town, and the Jordanian government is considering opening more holding centres. There are now so many refugees that they're overwhelming the border towns. But the government is reluctant to build proper camps. Politicians here are worried that the Syrian government would consider that a hostile act. Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Ramtha, Jordan.
When you don't exist is Amnesty International's campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders. People move to Europe for different reasons. Some flee persecution or war. Others leave because of chronic poverty. They hope to find a safer, better future in Europe. But too often they find a different reality. Europe is failing migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. Negative attitudes to asylum-seekers and migrants are widespread. European countries are stepping up measures to control migration. This can cause serious human rights violations. People on the move have their rights violated, often out of the public eye. They are effectively made invisible. To learn more about Amnesty International's campaign, please visit: http://www.whenyoudontexist.eu/
Former detainees and defectors have identified the locations, agencies responsible, torture methods used, and, in many cases, the commanders in charge of 27 detention facilities run by Syrian intelligence agencies. The systematic patterns of ill-treatment and torture that Human Rights Watch documented clearly point to a state policy of torture and ill-treatment and therefore constitute a crime against humanity.
Meet Omar, a 17 year-old Somali boy whose life has been dramtically changed due to wars in Somalia and then Libya. A Human TV short film looking at Omar's personal story and his daily life in the Choucha refugee camp on the border of Tunisia.
"One More Voice" features narration by three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and an anthem specially written for the video and Amnesty International's 50th anniversary by Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer and composer Lorne Balfe.
The Amnesty International Report 2012 provides a comprehensive global overview of the state of human rights worldwide. The 400-page book documents the state of human rights in 155 countries around the world during 2011. It reflects Amnesty International's work to combat human rights abuses and lays out its future agenda for tackling human rights abuses. Find more at http://www.amnesty.org/en/annual-report/2012)
At least 90 people have been killed during an attack on Houla, a town near the opposition stronghold of Homs. Dozens of children are among the dead... (Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports)
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the ongoing violence and protests in Syria that has continued for over 15 months.
While diplomats argued over details of Annan's peace plan, Syrian tanks and helicopters attacked one town in Idlib after another... Find more at http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/05/02/syria-war-crimes-idlib-during-peace-negoti...
Civilians are bearing the brunt of abuses in Sudan's simmering border conflict in Blue Nile state, Human Rights Watch said today, based on a research trip in April 2012 into Blue Nile. As in neighboring Southern Kordofan, which Human Rights Watch visited in August 2011, civilians in Blue Nile continue to endure Sudan's indiscriminate bombing and other abuses, even as new conflict between Sudan and South Sudan threatens to engulf the wider border area.
Every year 200 000 children are killed in war zones... (Amnesty International video)
With preparations well underway for Sunday's Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, a leading human rights group has said torture and ill-treatment are continuing in the Gulf kingdom. Amnesty International says it has evidence of people being kept in prison for participating in peaceful anti-government protests, and that security forces are using excessive and unnecessary force against demonstrators. Bahrain's Government has rejected many of the claims. BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says demonstrations against the authorities are a daily event.
Amateur video purportedly shows two neighbourhoods in Homs coming under heavy shelling as UN peace monitors start their mission to oversee a fragile ceasefire.
An interim government is expected to take power in Mali, but the biggest concern for them will be how to deal with the increasing number of refugees coming in from Northern Mali. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Vall reports from Timbaktu.
Worried about an escalation in violence, displaced Somalis are on the run again - this time from the Afgooye corridor back to parts of the capital, Mogadishu.
Syria's refugee crisis appears increasingly critical. Despite tens of thousands already fleeing violence inside their country, aid agencies are warning the situation is about to get much worse (EURONEWS).
Fighting in Sudan has displaced nearly half a million people - with thousands fleeing south across the border. Refugee camps in remote areas are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. (Al Jazeera English)
Two CNN assignment editors discuss how important the activist network is for us to cover the story in Syria. Warning: Graphic video begins halfway through the video.
Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad has portrayed herself as a defender of women and children's rights in her country. But she has been silent through much of the escalating violence, and has appeared publicly in support of her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Call on Syria's First Lady to use her influence to defend the rights of women activists, and release those who are in detention. (http://www.amnestyusa.org/syriawomen)
Sexual violence is the war crime that generate more refugee women in Colombia. The big problem is that it’s been unnoticed. Help stop this at http://saynotoviolence.org/ (UNHCR spot)
2011 was a year without precedent for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. In this animation John Hurt gives a quick recap of a year of change and rebellion. (Amnesty International spot)
CNN's Arwa Damon is reporting from inside Syria , where the government has been placing restrictions on international journalists and refusing many of them entry at all. Residents and opposition activists say they fear for their lives as shelling and snipers leave them trapped.
CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to a Syrian activist inside Homs who says the government is shelling the city and more than 200 have been killed in a few hours. Hundreds are injured with little to no medical help. Innocent men, women, and children are being slaughtered by the Assad government because they are asking for freedom.
Stop imprisoning people fleeing war, disaster, torture and death! Sign the petition at zakrila.bghelsinki.org (production - BHC; music - Maya Popova)
The arms trade is out of control... (Amnesty TV show)
Wednesday's violence following a match between al-Masry and al-Ahly in Port Said, is among the worst in football history. Al Jazeera sports journalist, Khalid Abdel Kareem explains tension leading up to Wednesday's match between the long-time rivals.
This year, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect human rights and save hundreds of thousands of lives. Find out more at www.amnesty.org.uk/arms
The Arab League announced on Sunday that it had agreed to a new plan whereby Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would give up power, allowing a unity government to form and put an end to 10 months of bloody uprising. The resolution came after Saudi Arabia announced that it would withdraw its observers from the League's monitoring mission, which was dispatched in December to observe the fighting between the government and the armed opposition. The League said it would ask the United Nations Security Council to support its new resolution. (Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports from Cairo)
Thousands of people have held anti-government protests in Syria, chanting for the downfall of the government. At least 12 people were killed by security forces across the country, activists said. (Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports)
The Arab League has renewed calls for the Syrian government to end bloodshed and allow more observers in the country. But the group, monitoring the implementation of a peace plan, stopped short of asking the UN for help. The Arab League mission itself has been heavily criticised for failing to stop the violence. And, as RT's Sara Firth reports, many in the country say they're paying too high a price for change.
3000 Syrian civilians have been killed since March 2011. The number is rising each week... (Amnesty International spot)
The cruel beating of a female protester by Egyptian military police, who continued battling peaceful protesters at Tahrir Square on Sunday. The clashes, into their third day now, have left 10 people dead and hundreds injured. This RT video reveals the extreme cruelty of the country's law enforcers during the crackdown.
Join thousands of people around the world, writing to make a difference. On Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2011 join "Write for Rights", Amnesty International's global letter writing marathon and write a letter for human rights. It's a simple action that can save a life!
Watch Amnesty International's new video and learn how you can help protect human rights through your actions
After a harsh winter and floods which have devastated several harvests, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is struggling to feed itself. For a country that is mostly barren and mountainous, any reductions in food production can be devastating (WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME video)
Cassetteboy gets the Prime Minster of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to play the pipes of peace... (Amnesty TV show)
In this video victims of Joseph Koni's Resistance Army call upon US President Barack Obama for urgent and decisive action to stop the horrors perpetrated by the LRA. To learn more, visit: http://www.hrw.org/en/features/dear-obama