At least 17 inmates dead after poisoning in Venezuela

Caracas – At least 17 Venezuelan inmates who had been on hunger strike over prison conditions, died on Wednesday of  prescription drug poisoning, police sources told AFP. The prisoners at David Viloria Correction Centre, known as Uribana prison, in Venezuela’s Lara state, had been protesting since Tuesday over what they said was inhumane treatment and […]

Syrian activists detail abuse inside Assad’s prisons

 It was a snowy January day in Damascus and 10-year-old Mada al-Zoabi was running downstairs to play in the snow – but then the sight of her father coming home shocked her. “Dad? Is that you?” exclaimed a startled Mada, who did not recognize her father after not seeing him for nearly a month. “His […]

Syrian Conflict Gives Hope for Families of Missing Lebanese

Beirut, Lebanon- The recent release of a Lebanese man detained in Syria for 27 years has highlighted the issue of what the Lebanese call “The Missing” — hundreds of Lebanese who disappeared during their country’s 15-year civil war. Now, with Syria torn by civil unrest, Lebanese families are hoping

Syrian president: Security forces made mistakes

Beirut, Lebanon- Syria’s president says the country’s security forces have made mistakes during the uprising against his regime and that thousands of police officers are receiving new training. Assad’s comments were carried by the private Al-Watan daily on Wednesday. They came as a human rights activist said Syrian troops have used heavy machine-guns to bomb […]

19 protesters killed in military attacks in Syria

Syrian security forces have killed at least 19 people in two separate attacks in Homs and near Daraa, according to human rights campaigners. At least 13 people were killed after tanks fired on Harra near the southern city of Daraa. A further six people have reportedly been killed in a military operation in the Syrian […]