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Support the peaceful demonstrators in Syria 

The people in Syria went on the streets in Daraa, Damascus, Lattakia, Homs, Qamishli and many other cities and showed their will to have change in their country. They said no to the massive violation of Human Rights, no to corruption, no to dictatorship.The Syrians have been suffering over the last decades under Al Baath regime and under Al Assad Senior and junior. The...

Syria in change - Solution for the Kurdish issue 

Since 15th March of this year, citizens rose up against the regime in Syria, which is considered as one of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the Arab world. The reaction of the Syrian regime on the protests of the Syrian people has showed this brutality. Thousands of Syrians have paid with their life for their demand for freedom, democracy and human rights.The...

The situation in the Syrian Kurdish areas worsens 

With an increase in anti-government protests in Syria’s Kurdish areas, concerns are rising that the already highly militarized towns may become the next major target for attack by government forces.The spark of the uprising against the Syrian regime was first lit in March 2011, in Deraa, the southern city near the border with Jordan. After a week of demonstrations in Deraa against the regime of President Bashar...

Syria: New report on right to self-determination of Kurds 

Click on the link below to download a report in Arabic about the right to self-determination for the Kurds in Syria....

Syria: Kurds killed, abducted and subject to surveillance by security forces 

Statement from YASA e.V.– Kurdish Center for Legal Studies & ConsultancyAt the beginning of the Syrian revolution the position of Kurds in Syria towards the regime was as clear as never before. To the Kurds, the revolution poses a chance to free themselves from the systematic and constant oppression of the past five decades. Their greatest hope, above all, is to put an end...

Syria/Iraq: Toward the end of Syriac Christians? 

In this media statement, the European Syriac Union (ESU) highlights the severe pressures faced by Syriac Christians in the Middle East throughout years of conflict. From the Iraq war to the uprising in Syria, Syriacs, also known as Chaldean-Assyrians, have been the victims of policies targeted at vulnerable ethnic and religious groups. The ESU states that the Syrian uprising has cost thousands of lives,...

SYRIAC MEMBERS CAPTURED IN SYRIA 

FOR URGENT RELEASE April 04, 2012 Brussels Today at the morning hours, the Syrian Security Forces captured five members of Syriac Party in Syria in the city of Qamishli and Malikiye. Syrian Security Forces continue to terrorise people and they realized raids to the domiciles for further arrests. According to the latest information that we receive, five members, 2 women and 3...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Syria: Map of Western (Syrian) Kurdistan  

After months of work and cooperation with many Kurds both inside and outside Syria, YASA, the Kurdish Center for Legal Studies & Consultancy, has created a map of Western Kurdistan.The first phase of the project is completed, and we are currently working on the second phase. People and experts who want to join us or have any comments or suggestions can contact us using...

Syria: Between The Barbed Wire 

The war in Syria is growing increasingly worse every day, and it is affecting every Syrian citizen, regardless of ethnicity or religion. But just like in every war, the situation for minorites is even more horrifying. The Christian minority in Syria has no militia and is targeted by everyone. Christian Assyrians/Syriacs and others have become the number one targets for criminals and terrorists.Nuri Kino,...

Syria: Christians in the crossfire 

Nuri Kino, journalist and author, has met and interviewed close to a hundred Christian Syrian refugees. He gives voice to this otherwise silent minority in this article, first published in Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper.In an apartment in Istanbul he gets an exclusive interview with young Christian Syrian men who all are waiting to be smuggled to Europe. Twenty-one men between 19 and 29...

Turkey: Refugee camp for Syrian Christians in Turkey sparks controversy  

Nowhere in the Islamic world has a refugee camp for the Christians of one country been built across the border in a neighbouring country. Now Turkey is building a camp that will hold between 3 and 30 times the number of Syrian Christians currently taking refuge in the country.The question now is why? Why is Turkey creating a small city to handle a flood...

Peoples under Threat 2013 photo story: Risk of mass killing reaches critical level in Africa and the Middle East 

Each year, Minority Rights Group’s annual Peoples under Threat survey lists countries where communities are most at threat of genocide or mass killing.The latest survey, launched in July 2013, shows that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.According to authoritative indicators factored into the Peoples under...

Syria: Call for the European Union and the international community to protect minorities and the democratic movement 

The Syrian revolution that began as peaceful protests against a dictatorship in March 2011, has changed into a proxy civil war. While Russia, Iran, the Iraqi regime, and Hezbollah are supporting the Assad regime, other forces like the Arabian countries in the Persian Gulf, Turkey, and other Sunni countries, are supporting the armed rebels. This way there is no role left for the peaceful...

Syria: Fears for ancient Christian communities continue 

Fears for Syria’s ancient Christian communities continue as they are attacked by both the militias and government forces.The Syrian Christian community makes up approximately 10 per cent of the population, but its size has been declining since the March 2011 uprising due to displacement and emigration. There are Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians. The number...

Photo story: Peoples under Threat 2014 

The Peoples under Threat index identifies those countries around the world where communities face the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression.It provides early warning of potential future mass atrocities.The Middle East and Africa dominate the list of major risers in the index this year.The war in Syria, whichhas risen dramatically up the table to now rankthird, continues to fragment, and...

New Video: Peoples under Threat 2014 - interview with MRG Executive Director 

 New online map shows Middle East, Africa states dominate Peoples under Threat 2014 survey on risk of mass killing.Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Egypt are among the most significant risers in this year's internationally acclaimed global ranking Peoples under Threat, published each year by Minority Rights Group International (MRG).This film features an interview with Mark Lattimer, MRG's...

Syria: Assyrian villages in Khabour, Syria under ISIS attack 

Assyrian Christian villages along the Khabour river in the Hassake region are under heavy attacks of ISIS. Hundred of people left the region and number of women and children have been kidnapped by ISIS. Clashes continue between MFS, YPG against ISIS. On Monday around 5am ISIS carried out an attack on the Assyrian villages in the Khabour region leaving casualties and another exodus...

EU/Iraq/Syria: Breakthrough EU resolution supporting Nineveh Plain Safe Haven 

In a unprecedented move European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA people) in Middle East supporting safe haven in the Nineveh Plain and Syriac Military Council, MFS and further condemning acts of ISIS. Strasbourg, EU – European Parliament, EP adopted historical resolution concerning the recent situation of the CSA people in the Middle East and highlighting importance of the European Union committment...

Middle East: Rifugio, a new book about Christians of the Middle East 

The birthplace of Christianity lies on the Iranian slopes from Mount Ararat to Mount Lebanon. Since those ancient times, the rugged valleys and gorges have served as a refuge for monastic communities and those in search of solitude. Nowadays, 12 million Christians are assumed to live in the Middle East, but only a few of them remain to live in the region because of...


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