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img-20161217-wa0029London, MEFD – Thousands of people gathered in Marble Arch, London, then marched to Downing Street, in an event organised by the Syria Solidarity Campaign which was also attended by a delegation of Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD).

The campaign had urged people to join their protest against large-scale bombardments targeting civilians in Aleppo by the Assad regime and its allies.

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mefd-delegation-londonLondon, MEFD – This afternoon, hundreds of people gathered at 10 Downing Street, London, to call on the British government and Prime Minister Theresa May to take immediate action in order to end the bloodshed in Syria, especially the atrocities perpetrated by Russia through a bombing campaign against the people of Aleppo. (more…)

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People inspect a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northern town of Atareb, in Aleppo province April 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof/Files(Reuters) – The governments of Egypt, Syria and Iraq used real and perceived security threats in 2014 as an excuse to downplay or abandon the rights of their citizens, which ultimately fuelled crises, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday

In its annual review of global human rights, the group said security forces across the globe are ignoring rights in dealing with threats, such as China’s crackdown (more…)

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Airstrike SyriaBBC News – More than 30 people have been killed in air strikes by Syrian government warplanes near the capital Damascus, activists say.

Six children were among 32 people who died in several raids on the suburb of Hamouriyeh, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. (more…)

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antonio-guterresAFP, Ankara – The world is losing its ability to prevent conflicts and the lack of “effective leadership” has led to the worst displacement situation since World War II, the UN refugee chief warned Tuesday.

Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said in Ankara that the twin crises in Iraq and Syria had created a serious displacement situation and the world showed no effective leadership to address the challenges. (more…)

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A man carries a girl past damage at a site hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern Homs district of Al Waer Dec. 30, 2014. (Reuters)

A man carries a girl past damage at a site hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern Homs district of Al Waer Dec. 30, 2014. (Reuters)

Al – Arabiya – More than 76,000 people were killed in the Syrian civil war in 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.The Britain-based monitoring group said 33,278 civilians were among those killed last year in the conflict, which started with protests in 2011 and has spiralled into a civil war. (more…)

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Thousands of children have been forced to flee their homes during the three-year conflict [AFP]

Thousands of children have been forced to flee their homes during the three-year conflict [AFP]

Al Jazeera – At least 10 children have been killed after two schools were hit in a series of air strikes carried out by the Syrian government in Damascus and villages in the Idlib province, sources say.

Military jets dropped barrel bombs on a school in the town of Safohan in Idlib province on Tuesday, killing seven children. (more…)

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One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients. (File photo: AFP)

One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients. (File photo: AFP)

Al Arabiya – One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organization’s Syria representative said, according to Reuters news agency.

“In Syria, they have a million people injured as a direct result of the war. You can see it in the country when you travel around. You see a lot of amputees,” Elizabeth Hoff said. “This is the biggest problem.” (more…)

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AP – The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.

North Korea has been outraged by the resolution that urges the U.N. Security Council to refer the country’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. The council will meet for the first time Monday on North Korea’s human rights violations. (more…)

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Deutsche Welle – Thirty non-governmental organizations have urged nations distant from Syria’s borders to provide long-term sanctuary for at least 180,000 highly endangered refugees. Syria’s neighbors are already sheltering 3.6 million.

Ahead of a United Nations donors’ conference in Geneva, 30 non-governmental organizations, including Save the Children and Islamic Relief, have urged the world to take in a minimum of five percent or 180,000 of those displaced by Syria’s civil-war. (more…)

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