December 17th, 2018
Following the withdrawal of armed groups from Maaloula, the town was left with severe structural damage. The damage to private and public buildings – shops, houses, and land – impeded the local population returning to rebuild their livelihoods, with less than half the original population able to move back into their homes....
October 3rd, 2018
We know it can be hard to keep up with the international news, especially when it comes to the countries where our partners are based. Their situations are usually left out of the mainstream media because governments restricting access to certain areas mean journalists are unable to report, keeping devastating conditions hidden....
September 11th, 2018
If Vietnam was the first televised war, it could be said that Syria is the first war documented through social media. Notoriously complex, the war in Syria comprises varied opposition to the Assad regime and is further complicated by a phenomenon that allows anyone to be a reporter....
August 8th, 2018
A map of Idlib and its districts
As the complicated and controversial conflict in Syria reaches new heights of intensity, the ravaged city of Idlib seems to be the next target for the Syrian army as it takes back control of its territories. However, as the recent history of these urban battles has proven, the close quartered nature of the fighting in built up areas has proven an incredibly perilous and dangerous place to be for civilians....
August 7th, 2018
Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about the statement on the resettlement of White Helmets by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary on 22 July.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement on the resettlement of White Helmets by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary on 22 July, whether members of that group will be resettled in the UK.
April 25th, 2018
Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about its response to the killing of a British soldier in Syria and British funding of the Free Syrian Army following the attack. Earl Howe (Con) submitted his written replies.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the laying of a roadside bomb in Manbij, Syria, reportedly by allies of Turkey, which killed a British soldier on 29 March....
April 24th, 2018
Meeting internally displaced people from East Ghouta
Statement on Syria, 24th April 2018
Earlier this month, I visited Syria at the invitation of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch. The visit was self-funded and provided an opportunity to meet Christian and Muslim religious leaders, the Speaker of Parliament, MPs from many parts of Syria and opposition MPs, artists, musicians and intellectuals and members of local communities in Damascus, Saidnaya, Maaloula, Homs and Aleppo....
April 1st, 2018
On 29th March 2018 Baroness Cox responded in the HoL to Lord Roberts of Llandudno’s motion that the House take note of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Roberts of Llandudno, on securing this very important debate, and his very moving opening speech....
March 20th, 2018
With the most number of entries we’ve ever received, the competition was even harder with such exceptional submissions that demonstrated inspiring passion for Human Rights advocacy.
Woojin Lim, 17, won 1st place in our HART Prize for Human Rights Junior Essay Category 2018 with his essay titled:
The Refugee Crisis, Burden-Sharing and Moral Obligations
Around the globe, the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people top an overwhelming 65 million individuals (Edwards, 2016; Domonoske, 2016)....
March 9th, 2018
Baroness Cox (Crossbench) asked HM Government 4 questions regarding Syria and efforts to defeat Daesh (‘Islamic State’), as well as recent reports concerning the treatment of political detainees in Sudan. Answers have come from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative Minister of State).