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24 Apr 2011 description

Last winter, Life for Relief and Development launched a program to provide wheelchairs to handicapped Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as in the refugee camps of Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

Thus far, the program has been a huge success. By the middle of April, some 1,000 wheelchairs were distributed, and hundreds more are scheduled for delivery.

During Phase 1 of the program inside Palestine, Life was able to deliver 281 new wheelchairs to handicapped children and young adults in both Gaza and the West Bank.

23 Apr 2011 description

AMMAN, April 23 (Reuters) - Syrian security forces killed at least 12 civilians on Saturday during funerals for pro-democracy protesters, the Syrian human rights organisation Sawasiah said.

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23 Apr 2011 description
report UN News Service

23 April 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the ongoing violence against peaceful demonstrators in Syria, which has resulted in more deaths and many injuries, and called upon the country''s authorities to stop the bloodshed and respect international human rights.

Mr. Ban reiterated that there should be an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the killings.

23 Apr 2011 description

At least 75 people have been killed today in Syria during mass protests, local human rights activists told Amnesty International, as the government launched its deadliest crackdown yet on demonstrators calling for political reform.

Security forces fired live ammunition at demonstrators who had gathered across the country following Friday prayers.

Thirty were killed in the southern town of Izzra’, 22 in Damascus, 18 in the Homs area and the rest in other towns and villages, activists said, in what is the deadliest day so far during weeks of protest.

22 Apr 2011 description

AMMAN, April 22 (Reuters) - Security forces shot dead at least 25 pro-democracy protesters in Syria on Friday, human rights campaigners said.

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21 Apr 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Allow Peaceful Protests to Proceed This Friday

(New York, April 21, 2011) – President Bashar al-Asad’s decision to lift the state of emergency should be accompanied by concrete measures to halt the grave daily human rights violations being committed by Syria’s security forces, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged the authorities to permit Syrians to exercise their right to peaceful assembly on April 22, 2011.

21 Apr 2011 description

The Syrian authorities must not respond with violence to mass demonstrations planned across the country tomorrow, Amnesty International urged on the eve of a Facebook-promoted "Great Friday" protest.

"It is imperative that these demonstrations are policed sensibly, sensitively and in accordance with international law to avoid further bloodshed on Syria’s streets," said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.

20 Apr 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 20 April 2011 – "UNICEF is greatly concerned about the effects of violence on children caught in escalating conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. We continue to condemn the targeting of civilians by armed groups, and call on all parties to provide humanitarian aid workers with immediate access to all areas and children in need.

19 Apr 2011 description
report Voice of America

Syria's government has approved an end to decades-old emergency laws - meeting a key demand of anti-government protesters. But authorities also are warning against any further demonstrations. Syrian security forces earlier fired on protesters in the city of Homs for the second night in a row.

19 Apr 2011 description

AMMAN, April 19 (Reuters) - Syrian forces fired shots at hundreds of protesters who had gathered overnight in Homs city in defiance of warning by the authorities to halt what they called an insurrection, a rights campaigner said on Tueday.

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18 Apr 2011 description
report IRIN

BAGHDAD, 18 April 2011 (IRIN) - Iraq is renewing efforts to reach deals with Syria and Turkey to increase water levels on the River Euphrates which flows from these two countries into Iraq, and on which Iraq is heavily dependent for agriculture and electricity generation.

Turkey has tentatively agreed to increase water levels on the river to allow Iraq to reactivate the 400-megawatt Haditha hydroelectric power station, officials say.

15 Apr 2011 description

GENEVA (15 April 2011) –UN human rights experts* on Friday denounced the rising death toll and brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters, journalists and human rights defenders in Syria despite the Government’s promises of reforms and consultations to end the 48-year-old emergency rule.

15 Apr 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Activists and Journalists Also Arrested and Mistreated

(New York, April 15, 2011) – Syrian security and intelligence services have arbitrarily detained hundreds of protesters across the country, subjecting them to torture and ill-treatment, since anti-government demonstrations began in mid-March 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The security and intelligence services, commonly referred to as mukhabarat, have also arrested lawyers, activists, and journalists who endorsed or promoted the protests, Human Rights Watch said.

14 Apr 2011 description

Des milliers de personnes ont disparu pendant ou après la terrible guerre civile qui a déchiré le Liban de 1975 à 1990 et ne sont jamais revenues. Certaines ont été arrêtées par différentes parties au conflit. Pour d’autres, on peut supposer qu’elles ont été tuées lors des combats ou des massacres qui ont émaillé le conflit, puis jetées dans des fosses communes où leurs corps n’ont pas encore été identifiés. Pour d’autres encore, il n’existe aucune piste.

14 Apr 2011 description

Lebanese authorities must take urgent steps to establish an independent commission to fully investigate the fates of thousands of people missing since Lebanon’s civil war, Amnesty International said today.

Never Forgotten: Lebanon’s Missing People documents a bitter legacy of the 1975-1990 civil war: the thousands of people whose fates remain unknown.

Some went missing after they were arrested or captured by parties to the conflict, others may have been killed during battles and massacres, while others vanished in unclear circumstances.

13 Apr 2011 description
report IRIN

DUBAI, 13 April 2011 (IRIN) - Syria has been under emergency law since the Ba'ath Party seized power in 1963 and banned all opposition parties. Since early March 2011, there have been regular protests in a number of towns and cities, with the southern town of Dera'a a focal point. About 200 people have died in recent clashes. Below is a timeline of some key developments since 16 March:

13 Apr 2011 description
  • Protests spread to Mediterranean coastal town

  • Public protests continue despite tough crackdown

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

AMMAN, April 13 (Reuters) - Syrian security forces have arrested 200 residents in a coastal town as unprecedented challenges to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad continued to spread, a human rights lawyer said on Wednesday.

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12 Apr 2011 description
report European Union

3082nd FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting

Luxembourg, 12 April 2011

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

12 Apr 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

At Least 28 Killed in Bloody Friday Crackdown in Daraa, Harasta, and Douma

(New York, April 12, 2011) – Syrian security forces in at least two towns prevented medical personnel and others from reaching wounded protesters on April 8, 2011, and prevented injured protesters from accessing hospitals, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 20 witnesses from three Syrian towns, urged Syrian authorities to allow injured protesters unimpeded access to medical treatment and to stop using unjustified lethal force against anti-government protesters.

12 Apr 2011 description
  • Journalist Fayez Sara arrested-rights defenders

  • Assad "only promises reform", Damascus Declaration says

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

AMMAN, April 12 (Reuters) - Syria's main human rights movement has said the death toll from less than a month of protests has reached 200 and called on the Arab league to impose sanctions on the ruling hierarchy.

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