The report, “Attack on the Omar Ibn al-Khatab Mosque: US Authorities’ Failure to Take Adequate Precautions,” found that statements by US military authorities after the attack indicate that they failed to understand that the targeted building was a mosque, that prayer was about to begin, and that a religious lecture was taking place at the time of the attack. A proper analysis of the target and its use would probably have established at least some of these elements. Human Rights Watch has not found evidence to support the allegation that members of al-Qaeda or any other armed group were meeting in the mosque.
Six years into the armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, the situation continues to deteriorate. Over 5 million Syrians have taken refuge in the five neighbouring countries – Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, nearly half of them are children. An entire generation of Syrian children and youth are living through conflict and displacement. For many of them, this is the only life that they have experienced. They are on the verge of becoming a lost generation.
Many of the Syrian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Turkey and providing humanitarian aid inside Syria have reached a high level of organizational and operational capacity that was previously absent.
Four years after plunging into Syria’s civil war, Hizbollah has achieved its core aim of preserving the Assad regime. Yet with no clear exit strategy, the Lebanese “Party of God” faces ever greater costs unless it can lower the sectarian flames, open dialogue with non-jihadist rebel groups and help pave the way for a negotiated settlement.
The war in Syria has raged on for six years, causing a staggering 11 million people to flee for their lives — the largest refugee crisis of our time. More than six million are displaced inside the country, and nearly five million have fled to nearby countries in search of safety. But many, including the 1.7 million Syrians registered in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon, are living in precarious circumstances.
Index number: MDE 24/5415/2017. At Saydnaya Military Prison, the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organized the killing of thousands of people in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that the murder, torture, enforced (disappearance and extermination carried out at Saydnaya since 2011 have been perpetrated as part of an attack against the civilian population that has been widespread, as well as systematic, and carried out in furtherance of state policy. We therefore conclude that the Syrian authorities’ violations at Saydnaya amount to crimes against humanity. Amnesty International urgently calls for an independent and impartial investigation into crimes committed at Saydnaya.
Oxfam (Oxfam Intermón en España) ha publicado hoy un nuevo informe en el que denuncia que de los casi cinco millones de ciudadanas y ciudadanos sirios refugiados en países vecinos, menos del 3% ha sido reasentado en países ricos. Por el contrario, en muchos países la falta de voluntad política y el aumento de la xenofobia han provocado una reacción negativa contra la población refugiada que huye de la guerra y la violencia. Oxfam Intermón ha revisado las políticas de reasentamiento de ocho países (Alemania, Australia, Canadá, España, Estados Unidos, Países Bajos, Reino Unido y Rusia) y ha concluido que en algunos países los largos procesos, los controles de seguridad y un clima político cada vez más hostil han retrasado la acogida de refugiados sirios. En otros países, sin embargo, se ha registrado un aumento de la voluntad política y de los recursos humanos y financieros, lo que ha favorecido el reasentamiento.
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On 28 September 2016 Amnesty International sent a memorandum to the US Department of Defence raising a number of concerns and questions regarding 11 attacks carried out by the US-led Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) in Syria since 23 September 2014.