Diaspora & Refugees

10 10, 2023
  • Torture survivors, activists and family members of some of Syria’s thousands of forcibly disappeared people rallied outside the Peace Palace in The Hague on Tuesday morning as the International Court of Justice heard oral arguments by Canada and the Netherlands in a landmark case against Syria for state-sponsored torture, 10/10/2023 (Caesar Families Association/Yasmin Mashaan)

Damascus absent as landmark torture case begins at World Court

By Mateo Nelson|2023-10-10T23:13:15+02:00October 10, 2023|

A landmark torture case brought against Syria by Canada and the Netherlands began at the UN’s highest court on Tuesday—with Damascus absent. While it is not a criminal case, torture survivors and family members of Syria’s disappeared say it marks another milestone in their long, slow fight for accountability.

15 09, 2023
  • The newly elected President of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, Hadi al-Bahra (center), meets with members of the National Coalition’s Political Committee, 12/9/2023 (National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces)

Hadi al-Bahra: President of a dead institution?

By Walid Al Nofal|2023-10-04T16:36:27+02:00September 15, 2023|

The Syrian political opposition’s highest body elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president this month, in a process overshadowed by leaks, controversy and allegations he was hand-picked by an influential group of politicians linked to Ankara.

15 08, 2023

The Hope to Return (Episode 5): The future of the camps

By Lyse Mauvais|2023-08-15T14:44:23+02:00August 15, 2023|

Many houses have been destroyed, looted or confiscated by Turkish-backed armed groups in areas they seized during Operation Peace Spring. Similar acts have been carried out with impunity by a range of armed groups across Syria in recent years. Meanwhile, many displaced people have lost the documents proving that they own land or a house in their native towns and villages. What can Khedr, Amina and Zahra do to protect their property rights back home? This is the fourth episode of “The Hope to Return,” a podcast series by Syria Direct.

7 08, 2023

The Hope to Return (Episode 4): Clinging to the land

By Lyse Mauvais,|2023-08-09T14:42:43+02:00August 7, 2023|

Many houses have been destroyed, looted or confiscated by Turkish-backed armed groups in areas they seized during Operation Peace Spring. Similar acts have been carried out with impunity by a range of armed groups across Syria in recent years. Meanwhile, many displaced people have lost the documents proving that they own land or a house in their native towns and villages. What can Khedr, Amina and Zahra do to protect their property rights back home? This is the fourth episode of “The Hope to Return,” a podcast series by Syria Direct.

24 07, 2023

The Hope to Return (Episode 2): Like home in the desert

By Lyse Mauvais|2023-07-24T16:16:18+02:00July 24, 2023|

Four years ago, Khedr was displaced with his wife and daughter to Washokani camp, on the outskirts of Hasakah city. Adjusting to life in a tent has been difficult, but despite opportunities to seek refuge abroad, Khedr refuses to leave. He feels like he would be giving up on his right to return home one day.

5 07, 2023

After the earthquake, a wave of gender-based violence in Syria

By Alicia Medina|2023-07-06T21:01:07+02:00July 5, 2023|

Civil society groups and humanitarian workers documented a rise in cases of sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and domestic violence in shelters following the February 6 earthquake that killed and displaced tens of thousands in Turkey and Syria. Did the emergency response include enough protections for women and girls?

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