What happens in Syria?

What happens, why, and what can we do here in Sweden?

Films, information and discussion with a focus on the human rights situation.

Hosted by Amnesty International in Lund, Group 236 with specially invited guests.

Location:  Domkyrkoforum in Lund (map below)

Date:  12.00  May 24, 2014

Entrance  fee:  40 SEK*


12.00 Introduction

12.05 Film: The regime responds by Marcela Gaviria

12.25 Presentation by Samuel Rubenson
Professor at the theology and religious studies at Lund University.  His research concerns the history of religion in the Middle East, and he has extensive knowledge of Syria.

12.55 Film: Not anymore- a story of revolution
By Matthew VanDyke and Nour Kelze.
The story of the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel fighter, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria.

13.15 Film: Transition
By Marina Darmaros and Wissam Moukayed.
Visit by the director Wissam Moukayed who is currently living in Russia.
Former Syrian Army officer Wissam Moukayed left the country to study journalism in Russia, the only country that would grant him a visa. Not trusting the media reports from his home country, he decided to go back and see for himself.

13.40 Presentation by Feras Muteb
Syrian pharmacist/ chemist who has worked at a secret field clinic in Syria.  He also worked as a citizen journalist in Syria, and he was one of the first to document the beginning of the uprising.

14.00 Presentation Qais Fares
Syrian independent journalist. Has previously worked for the news magazine Syria Today. Now an MA student of Human Ecology at Lund University

14.20 Coffee break. The cafeteria will be open!

14.40 Panel discussion with the invited guests. Questions from the audience.

15.10 Film: A Flood in Baath Country
By Omar Amiralay
Omar Amiralay was one of Syria’s most famous documentary film makers, and a prominent Syrian intellectual.  In this documentary he
returns to an early film he made, that was essentially propaganda for
the ruling Baath party.  He now sees everything with new eyes, and the new
film becomes a very poetic documentary about the weakness  and brutality of political power.


* To be able to cover the costs for this event we have to charge 40 SEK, but if you really cannot afford it, you don’t have to pay.

What happens in Syria? May 24, 12.00

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What happens in Syria? May 24, 12.00 55.703576, 13.192756 Domkyrkoforum

China and Russia veto UN resolution to let the ICC investigate the Syrian conflict

Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have referred the conflict in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

More than 60 countries supported the French-drafted text calling for an investigation into alleged war crimes being committed by both sides.

Despite repeated appeals by senior United Nations officials for accountability for crimes being committed in Syria, the Security Council was unable today to adopt a resolution that would have referred the situation in the war-torn nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), due to vetoes by permanent members Russia and China.


Syrian refugees in Lebanon desperate for health care amid international apathy

A severe shortfall in international support has left many Syrian refugees in Lebanon unable to access crucial medical care, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The situation is so desperate that in some cases refugees have resorted to returning to Syria to receive the treatment they need.

The report, Agonizing Choices: Syrian refugees in need of health care in Lebanon, identifies some serious gaps in the level of medical services available to refugees. In some cases Syrian refugees, including those requiring emergency treatment, have been turned away from hospitals.


There is also a severe shortage of food and  2,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying from malnutrition, with over
half of these children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Between 5% and 10% of children under 5 years in Bekaa and north Lebanon suffer from acute malnutrition

Syrian government finally allows food distribution in Aleppo

After nine months of negotiations, the International Red Cross will now be able to distribute food to 60,000 people in Aleppo. About half of the food parcels will be distributed to rebel-held eastern Aleppo, and the other half to the government-controlled areas.

Civilians in and around Aleppo continue to be subjected to indiscriminate attacks. Tens of thousands of residents and displaced people in Aleppo and Rural Aleppo remain in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.