Nearly two years after the Islamic State’s (IS) fighting forces were dislodged from their final hideout in Baghouz, Syria, the northeast (NE) region remains highly insecure. Numerous state actors with a stake in the future of Syria either maintain a troop presence in the NE or are providing financial and logistical support to proxies or other non-state actors. The resulting conflicts paint a worrying picture for the future of the NE and its residents.

Mar 22, 2021
Hanny Megally , Jasmine M. El-Gamal
Middle East, Syria

The event will discuss the resort to violence and violent extremism in Northeast Syria based on a new report entitled “Preventing the Re-emergence of violent extremism in Northeast Syria.” This report was produced as a joint collaboration by the National Agenda for the Future of Syria Programme (NAFS) at UN ESCWA and the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

Mar 25, 2021
Middle East, Syria

CIC senior fellow Hanny Megally ​was interviewed on RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, about the new report published by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

"People are taken and punished for expressing themselves, for being in opposition, for having different points of view and so on. It's quite clear. But people are also taken hostage arbitrarily, as a bargaining chip to try to get others to give up or to get money, " Megally told RÚV. 

Mar 17, 2021
Hanny Megally
Syria
Humanitarian Crises

CIC senior fellow Hanny Megally, and UN-appointed independent rights investigator, was interviewed on the UN Weekly News Podcast about the latest report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

"We are prioritizing, of course, a way to stop the conflict, now, immediately. So that people can begin to tackle the real problems that they're facing, to live within a country that has been over 10 years," Megally said.

Listen to the full episode here.

Mar 04, 2021
Syria

TRT World interviewed Hanny Megally, CIC senior fellow and member of the UN Syria Commission of Inquiry, about a new report on continued violence by armed actors after the ceasefire in March.

"It's really not safe for the Syrian civilian population anywhere in the country," Megally told TRT. "In the government-controlled areas, we're seeing detentions, disappearances, deaths in custody, torture."

Watch the full interview at TRT World here.

Sep 17, 2020
Syria

Voice of America interviewed Hanny Megally, CIC Senior Fellow and member of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria, about human rights violations in Idlib.

"Within that we found that war crimes were committed, were likely to have been committed by both the Syrian air force and by the Russian air force," he said. "We document two incidents in the report, where we think it was Russian airplanes that conducted those attacks. And, we explain why we think it was the Russians, rather than the Syrians."

Jul 07, 2020
Syria
Humanitarian Crises
Satellite image of Sednaya military prison (©Google/Maxar Technologies 2020).

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a dire risk to the tens of thousands of people imprisoned in Syria’s archipelago of prisons and detention facilities. This briefing provides an overview of detention conditions in Syria and outlines a two-step approach to averting a looming catastrophe—one that threatens not only those detained, but the Syrian population at large.

Jun 08, 2020
Hanny Megally , Leah Zamore
Syria
Humanitarian Crises

Tens of thousands of people have been unlawfully detained by the Syrian government and other parties to the conflict in Syria. In most cases, their fate—and if they are alive, their whereabouts—remains unknown. A new report from CIC and the International Center for Transitional Justice examines the dark reality of detention in Syria and its impact on the families of the missing. The report details urgent steps necessary to help those families obtain information about the whereabouts of their loved ones, gain access to them, and achieve their prompt release.

May 29, 2020
Hanny Megally , Elena Naughton
Syria
Humanitarian Crises

The humanitarian crisis in northern Syria is on the verge of becoming a COVID-19 catastrophe. A decade of conflict has left the healthcare system in ruins—and millions of displaced people in Idlib province were already suffering due to a lack of shelter and sanitation. This policy briefing delves into roots of the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, details the current capacity of the exhausted healthcare system amid the ongoing conflict, and examines what these constraints mean for mounting a response to the spread of the coronavirus. 

May 05, 2020
Hanny Megally
Leah Zamore
Middle East, Syria
Humanitarian Crises

France24 reported on a statement by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, published after the first cases of COVID-19 were registered in the country.

The commission, of which CIC senior fellow Hanny Megally is a member, stated that "nurses, doctors and medical volunteers have been attacked, detained and disappeared by parties to the conflict," and that "all attacks on medical providers, facilities, hospitals, and first responders must cease immediately."

Mar 28, 2020
Syria

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