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The undersigned organizations call on Arab governments to accelerate the repatriation of their nationals stranded in northern Syria and Iraq for years, following the example of the repatriation of nationals of other nationalities, especially those of European nationality, repatriated to their countries in recent years. 

Syrian activists around the world commemorated the tenth anniversary of the victims of the Syrian regime's chemical attack. This attack on the population of "Ghouta Damascus" on August 21, 2013 killed about 1,450 civilians, including more than 200 children and women, and wounded 6,000 others, according to data from the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

(Geneva, August 13, 2018) – On August 9, 2018, Alkarama requested the intervention of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) in the case of Layth Al Janabi, an Iraqi refugee in Syria who remains missing since he was arrested and forcibly disappeared by the Syrian authorities in 2012.

Our concerns
  • Serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law and devastating effects of the armed conflict on the civilian population;
  • Systematic and widespread practice of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in detention;
  • Impunity of perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity;
  • Arbitrary detention in inhuman conditions of tens of thousands of civilians in camps, including families of former ISIL combatants.


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