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
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
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

The New York Times quoted CIC Senior Fellow Hanny Megally in coverage of a new U.N. report on war crimes in Syria.

Megally is a member of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which has determined that recent attacks on civilians by Russian and Syrian forces amount to a “crime of intentionally terrorizing the population.”  “We are seeing that picture emerging very clearly, for example, in Idlib,” Megally told reporters in Geneva.

Mar 02, 2020
Syria

Who remembers Aleppo? A year ago, the Syrian city appeared tragically central to international diplomacy. Yet, Syria has slid into the category of persistent conflicts that worry U.N. diplomats but seem irresolvable.

Oct 27, 2017
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli of El Salvador, has announced the appointment of CIC Senior Fellow Hanny Megally of Egypt to serve as a member of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Oct 18, 2017
Hanny Megally
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Russia is flexing its diplomatic muscles at the United Nations again. Moscow appears intent on using the U.N. to complicate American efforts to put pressure on North Korea and sow confusion over its own intentions toward Ukraine. Western diplomats should be alert, because Russia is a fine player of the U.N. game.

Sep 11, 2017
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

A refugee crisis is what happens when large numbers of people fleeing poor, violent countries seek asylum in rich, peaceful countries, raising agonizing moral and political questions. This of course is what occurred in 2015, when a million refugees from Syria and elsewhere poured across Europe’s borders, provoking a backlash that brought nationalist parties to the verge of power and threatened the Continent’s liberal order. The refugees were the cause, rather than the victims, of the crisis in question.

Sep 11, 2017
James Traub
Europe, Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security
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For almost a decade, the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations (ARGPO) was the flagship publication of the Center on International Cooperation (CIC). During that time, CIC also released three editions of the Review of Political Missions.

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