One month after the Pylos shipwreck, only 25 of 82 bodies recovered from the sea have been identified—a challenging process that requires DNA samples to be collected across multiple countries. In Syria, authorities have still not authorized DNA collection from relatives of the missing.
Three Syrian survivors counter Greek authorities’ Pylos shipwreck narrative: ‘They tied a rope, we capsized, they sailed away’
Around 150 Syrians were among the estimated 750 people on board the vessel that capsized near Pylos last Wednesday. Only 104 people survived, including between 30 and 40 Syrians. Survivors held Greek coast guards responsible for the shipwreck and delayed rescue efforts.
The Netherlands and Canada are taking Syria to the top UN court for the systemic use of torture, while a General Assembly vote is expected this month on the establishment of a mechanism to clarify the fate of Syria’s disappeared.
After deeming Damascus and Reef Dimashq safe for return in 2019, Denmark is now reassessing the right of Syrians from Latakia and Tartus to stay in Denmark on the grounds it is safe for them to go back to Syria.
Refugees in Lebanon who signed up to return to Syria as part of a first batch of 1,600 families say economic hardship and a lack of a future in Lebanon informed their decision.
A pilot program in the Spanish region of Valencia has resettled five Syrian refugee families from Lebanon. They are among a comparatively small number of Syrians to settle in Spain.
The UN Secretary General and OHCHR will soon release a feasibility study on the creation of a unified, international mechanism to search for Syria’s hundreds of thousands of missing and forcibly disappeared people—something family members and survivors have spent years fighting for.
Blackmail, threats, bullying, harassment: Women working in the public sphere targeted in northern Syria
Women working in the public sphere in northwestern Syria face blackmail, threats and harassment, leading some to limit or abandon their activities as a result.
More than two decades after Lebanon ratified the UN Convention Against Torture, and despite anti-torture legislation, torture and mistreatment by the country’s security branches persists.
Fifteen Syrian asylum seekers are scheduled to be deported from the UK to Rwanda on June 14, in the flight inaugurating a controversial ‘offshoring’ deal with the east African country