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September 9th, 2011

HOMS, SYRIA – Eyewitness reports filed with Human Rights Watch state that the government’s crackdown on protesters has led to home raids, abductions, and violent attacks.

  • Syrian demonstrators are calling for international protection. More pro-democracy protests surfaced today across Syria, demanding President Bashar al-Assad relinquish power.
  • Turkey, the European Union, the United States, Japan and Iran are mounting economic pressure on al-Assad and his government amid the violent 6-month government crackdown on protesters.
  • Eighteen patients from al-Barr hospital who were admitted with bullet shot wounds were taken by force from their beds and the operating room by government security today.
  • According to eyewitnesses, security forces continue to open fire on civilians rallying against al-Assad. Some were recently killed while attempting to flee from Syria into Turkey. Defectors have also been heavily targeted.
  • Many reports from Syria remain unconfirmed as the Syrian government refuses to allow foreign journalists entry.

Original sources: Reuters; AFP; AP; CNN; BBC; Al Jazeera; Channel News Asia; NOW Lebanon; UPI; Xinhua; Bloomberg; Day Press News; Ha’aretz; Jerusalem Post; Sydney Morning Herald; Los Angeles Times; The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Guardian; Le Monde; Christian Science Monitor; The Boston Globe; The Moscow Times.

 

Analysts available for comment:

Fadi Hakura is a Turkey expert and associate fellow at Chatham House, the UK’s leading foreign policy thinktank. He regularly comments for the international media on all aspects of Turkish politics, foreign and security policies, including EU accession issues and Turkey’s regional relations. Mr. Hakura has been a guest lecturer on EU-Turkey relations at University College London since 2005.

CONTACT: fadi.hakura@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: Arabic; English; French

Jillian York is a San Francisco-based writer, researcher, and activist whose work focuses on a range of issues related to freedom of expression, with special emphasis on the Arab world. She is the director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.

Contact: jillian.york@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

Daniel Kuebler, Ph.D. is an associate professor of democracy research and public governance at the University of Zurich. He has also been an assistant professor of Swiss politics at the University of Zurich, visiting professor at the University of Lausanne, visiting research fellow at the University of New South Wales and a lecturer for social policy and social planning at University of Applied Science in Basle, Switzerland.

CONTACT: daniel.kuebler@ipz.uzh.ch

Location: West Europe

Languages: English; German; French; Italian

Alastair Crooke served as the special security adviser to the European Union High Representative, Javier Solana, and as special adviser to the European Union Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process from 1997-2003.

CONTACT: alastair.crooke@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

Metsa Rahimi is a security intelligence analyst at Janusian Security Risk Management. Her role involves political and security intelligence gathering and analysis, both in support of Janusian security operations and directly for clients around the world.

Contact: metsa.rahimi@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English; French; Spanish

Abdeslam Maghraoui, Ph.D. is an associate professor of political science at Duke University and a core faculty member at the Duke Islamic Studies Center. He focuses his research on religion, political reform and political violence in the Middle East and North Africa. Before his work as a professor, he was Director of the Muslim World Initiative at the US Institute of Peace where he conducted policy research and developed programs focused on religion and peace, inter-faith dialogue, European Muslim youth and radicalization, and religious reform in the Muslim world.

CONTACT: abdeslam.maghraoui@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: Arabic; English; French

Paul Sullivan, Ph.D. is a professor of economics at National Defense University and an adjunct professor of security studies (and science, technology and international affairs) at Georgetown University. He is an active member of Columbia University’s GULF2000 network, and has published on a wide variety of issues related to the economics of war and peace, the political economy of oil and gas, energy security, US-Islamic and US-Arab relations, Iraq, extremism and more.

CONTACT: paul.sullivan@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

Elazar Barkan, Ph.D. is co-director for the Center for the Study of Human Rights, and professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. Professor Barkan’s research interests focus on the role of history in contemporary society and politics, with particular emphasis on the response to gross historical crimes and injustices, and human rights.

CONTACT: elazar.barkan@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

 

Mona Parsa served as a researcher for the U.S. Commission on International Freedom (USCIRF) in Washington, D.C. where she assisted in monitoring human rights and religious freedom developments in various Middle Eastern and African countries. While practicing law as owner of the Law Office of Mona Parsa, Parsa balances her media work as a staff writer for a top-rated local magazine popular in the Southern Californian Iranian community.

CONTACT: mona.parsa@theglobalexperts.org

Location: Middle East; North Africa; West Africa

Languages: English; Farsi

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