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Syria

Über die große Kluft der Unterschiede hinweg

Carol Thompson

Das strahlende Lächeln. Das ansteckende Lachen. Mit ihrem sonnigen Wesen zog sie Andere an, um zu debatieren und zu streiten, zu lernen und zu reflektieren. Tatkräftig und resolut, eine Leidenschaft für Gerechtigkeit, für ständiges Geben: das alles definiert Kayla Mueller, nicht ihre Gefangennahme durch ISIS, ihre Folter und ihr tragischer Tod mit 26 Jahren.

Dr. Jalal Nofal: Verbindung von Unterstützungsarbeit und zivilem Engagement in Syrien

Omar Abbas

Dr. Jalal Nofal, geboren 1963 in Damaskus in eine Arbeiterfamilie aus as-Sweida’, ist ein bekannter Psychiater und Aktivist, der sein ganzes Leben lang in Politik und soldarischer Hilfe engagiert war.

Solidarität der WRI mit der syrischen Zivilbevölkerung, die Opfer des Krieges ist

Der internationale Rat der WRI hat eine Erklärung in Solidarität mit der syrischen Zivilbevölkerung, die Opfer des Krieges ist, verfasst. Wir versprechen dort, Personen und Gruppen zu unterstützen, die inmitten der Gewalt der Militarisierung und dem Krieg weiter widerstehen, den gewaltfreien Kampf gegen Diktatur und für Demokratie fortsetzen und einen Weg zum Frieden aufzeigen.

Hier geht es zu dem Statement (in englischer Sprache)

CO recognised in part of Kurdish Syrian region of Rojava

We previously reported in CO Update that conscription had begun in Rojava, a de facto autonomous Kurdish region in Syria. Now, the government of Cizre canton has recognised the right to conscientious objection.

Syria: citizens conscripted after arrest, children recruited

The Syrian Human Rights Network has accused the Syrian regime of arresting civilians for forced army conscription, saying it has documented more than 1,000 cases of arrest for this purpose in the past six weeks alone.

Children are also being recruited by different warring parties, UNICEF say. At least several hundred children were recruited in 2015, and thousands killed or injured in the conflict.

Amnesty International: Taking Stock: the arming of Islamic State

Amnesty International press release, sourced from here.

Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity on a massive scale in Iraq and Syria, Amnesty International has said in a new report.  

War Profiteer(s) of the month: Lockheed Martin, Raytheon & Northrup Grumman

It may seem to be stating the obvious to name three of the world's biggest arms companies as this month's 'War Profiteer of the Month', but it would be wrong to ignore the degree of profiteering taking place from the escalation in bombing of Syria...

SYRIA: nowhere to run from conscription

In Syria, there is nowhere to run from conscription. Depending on where one is located, young men, and in some cases also women, are drafted to fight in the civil war.

SYRIA: draft evaders and defectors offered amnesty, in an attempt to bolster military

At the end of July, the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad announced an amnesty for Syrian men who have previously evaded conscription to the military – an offence punishable by imprisonment or, in some cases, death. After four years of war the Syrian military's ranks are depleted, with some estimating that, due to deaths and defections the size of the military has been halved since 2011. Defectors now abroad have two months to return, those still inside Syria have one month – there were no details given for draft evaders.

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