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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, Tayseer Alkarim
Humanitarian Crises

Over the last week, people have taken to the streets across the United States—including in CIC’s home, New York City—to demonstrate against police brutality and systemic racism faced by Black communities in America. Many others have gathered around the world to voice their support. We express our solidarity with those who have gathered peacefully to demand justice.

Jun 02, 2020

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
Humanitarian Crises
Kabul market during COVID-19

Afghanistan faces many hurdles in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic: a prolonged armed conflict, a lack of social protection systems, limited healthcare capacity, and insufficient preparedness and coordination mechanisms. This briefing provides an overview of the current state of the COVID-19 response in Afghanistan against the background of the ongoing conflict.


May 21, 2020
Said Sabir Ibrahimi

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, policymakers must navigate public perceptions of coronavirus risk and government responses. This two-part briefing pulls together data from recent global and regional polls to provide a descriptive summary of trends in public opinion towards COVID-19. The first part focuses on levels of public trust in government and other institutions and on public perceptions of the trade-offs involved in calibrating lockdown measures, while the second part compares these results with polling from low-income countries.

May 19, 2020