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 […]

Saudi royal family blocks the release of preacher

The Saudi royal family has intervened to block the release of a ‘celebrity’ preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter. Fayhan al-Ghamdi was set to be released after agreeing to pay “blood money” to the mother of his daughter Lama,

Lebanese army frees four Syrian hostages

Lebanese security forces freed four Syrian hostages on Tuesday in a raid on a powerful Shi’ite Muslim clan, which kidnapped more than 20 people last month. The four told a Lebanese television station they had been tortured when they were held by the armed wing of the Meqdad clan and were forced to confess they […]

Renowned Syrian sculptor Wael Qastun ‘tortured to death’

RENOWNED Syrian sculptor Wael Qastun has been tortured to death in the flashpoint central of city of Homs, an artists’ association has said. A statement released by the Syrian Coalition of Artists for Freedom said Qastun “died under torture”.

France quizzes Iraqi official over ‘torture’, ‘war crimes’

French police on Thursday held an Iraqi official for questioning after a member of the exiled Iranian opposition filed a complaint against him alleging torture and war crimes, a judicial source said. The Iraqi government said the allegations made by the member of the ex-rebel People’s Mujahedeen, still blacklisted by Washington as a terrorist group, […]

Assad revives father's extreme torture methods in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has taken out the torture toolkit his father once employed as he engages in the most widespread and appalling abuses his country has suffered in decades in an effort to put down a year-old rebellion. “In terms of the number of people being tortured, and the level of torture and the […]