Insan in the Media


Insan's work, especially on the field and in getting news out of Syria and to the global community has gotten it featured in numerous media outlets. Below are a few random articles from different agencies and wires.

Mass arrests, battles seen across Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 9, 2011 (UPI) - "This is a campaign that's going to more cities," Tarif said. "It's escalating, and it's very worrying because they're also getting better at isolating these places."
"They tried to rebuild the wall of fear and they failed," he added. "So next, they will move to completely cut communications all over the country."
In the coastal city of Baniyas, more than 300 people were arrested Monday, including women and children, and gunfire was heard throughout the day, Tarif said. Phones, electricity and water have been cut off since Saturday.
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Syria: Repression, defiance rises

Sunday, May 15, 2011 (Green Left) - Thousands have been arrested since the protests began. The May 13 New York Times reported: “Wissam Tarif, the executive director of Insan, a human rights group, said his organization had recorded 8,000 people arrested as of May 3.
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Syria Arrests Scores in House-to-House Roundup

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 5, 2011 (NY Times) - There are no precise numbers on the arrests. Wissam Tarif, executive director of Insan, a Syrian human rights group, said that as many as 8,000 people had been reported to be in custody or missing since the pro-democracy protests erupted across the country. In most places, Mr. Tarif said, the raids appear to have been carried out by elite security forces with the military’s help.
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Syria Broadens Deadly Crackdown on Protesters

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 8, 2011 (NY Times) -  Since the beginning of the uprising, Syria has barred most foreign journalists, and many news accounts have relied on human rights groups and networks of activists inside Syria. But in past days, those activists have complained that they have been almost entirely unable to speak with people in Homs and Baniyas, the most besieged places. Even satellite phones that protest organizers had smuggled across Syria were not working. “It seems that they’ve gotten better in tracking satellite mobile phones,” said Wissam Tarif, executive director of Insan, a Syrian human rights group.
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Troops, Backed by Tanks, Move to Quell Dissent in Syrian Towns

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 10, 2011 (NY Times) -  “The big question now is what’s next,” said Wissam Tarif, executive director of Insan, a Syrian human rights group. “They are about to announce victory, but what will happen when they pull the troops out?”
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Syrie: la bataille de l'information

11 Mai 2011 (Libération) - La Syrie «est maintenant un pays sans médias», dénonce ainsi Wissam Tarif, le directeur de l'organisation des droits de l'homme Insan. Livrés à eux-mêmes, les manifestants syriens se sont organisés pour rompre le huis-clos. Témoins, opposants, cyberactivistes, militants des droits de l'homme sont devenus les sources d'information. Et les cibles de la répression.
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Rights group: Scores of anti-government activists arrested in Syria

April 12, 2011 (CNN) - "The wave of arrests across the country includes journalist Faiz Sarah ... along with many more," Wissam Tarif, executive director of the human rights group Insan, told CNN. "We were able to confirm only 117 arrested but we expect the number to be a lot higher," he added.
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Ataque contra manifestantes deixa vários mortos no sul da Síria, diz agência

Março 25, 2011 (R7 Notícias) - Wissam Tarif, diretor-executivo da organização de direitos humanos Insan, disse à rede americana CNN que pelo menos 34 pessoas foram mortas em Daraa nos últimos dois dias. Outros ativistas acreditam que foram muitos mais mortos.
Tarif relatou que até 20 mil pessoas acompanharam o cortejo fúnebre para aqueles que morreram na violência, incluindo um soldado recrutado, que foi baleado e ferido, porque se recusou a atirar nos manifestantes.
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Looking For Answers In Syria

May 04, 2011 (NPR) - In Syria, hundreds of government opponents have been arrested by authorities this week, according to human rights activists. It's been over a month since the uprising began there, threatening the regime of President Bashar Assad. Melissa Block talks with Wissam Tarif, executive director of the human rights group Insan. Tarif has been compiling numbers of Syrians who have been killed and detained.
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Palestinians turn against Syria's regime, their long-time advocate

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 22, 2011 (Global Post) -  “Dictators have used the Palestinians for the last 50 years to get legitimacy, saying to their people, ‘You have to tolerate all this violence, all this lack of freedom, all this brutality because we’re going to liberate Palestine.’ That’s a lie,” said Wissam Tarif, director of Insan, a Syrian human rights organization. “My father bought it. And the fathers and grandfathers of the people protesting on the streets bought it too. But we don’t.”
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Escalation of Syria’s Conlict Reveals Bashar Assad’s Fear of Ramadan

BEIRUT, Lebanon, August 1, 2011 (TIME) - Wissam Tarif, executive director of the rights group Insan, says Sunday's events suggest the regime is panicked. "It's a fear of Ramadan," he tells TIME from Beirut. "Assad lost Hama for a month. Hama announced itself to be a liberated city. If it continued to be a liberated city in Ramadan, then they would lose Deir ez-Zour next, and then Damascus, starting in its suburbs. That's something which makes them panicked," he says.
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Autocratic regimes fight Web-savvy opponents with their own tools

May 23, 2011 (The Washington Post) - After activists posted online videos of soldiers attacking protesters, government supporters began to upload footage that they said shows that the protesters are Islamist extremists or are using weapons, according to Tarif, the human rights activist.
“They run their own campaign to discredit the campaign of the revolution,” he said. In one case, activists say, a video purportedly showing Syrian protesters attacking police officers turned out to be footage from Iraq.
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Hundreds of activists detained in Syria

May 10, 2011 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - According to Insan's Mr. Tarif, the latest arrests bring to more than 10,000 the number of people who have been taken into custody since the anti-government demonstrations first erupted in March, with more than 700 people reported killed, most of them shot down while protesting.
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Almost 90 dead in Syria’s bloodiest day of unrest

AMMAN, Jordan, April 22, 2011 (Stabroek News) - “Izra’a is in the dark. No mobile phones or landlines working. People have been talking from villages near to Izra’a but not in the town,” said Wissam Tarif of human rights organisation, Insan.
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Syrian tanks deployed; hundreds detained

AMMAN, Jordan, May 5, 2011 (ABS-CBN) - Wissam Tarif, executive director of the Insan human rights group, said 2,843 detainees had been verified by family members and the actual number could be as high as 8,000. More than 800 of them had been taken from Deraa.
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Syria's President ends state of emergency

April 21, 2011 (Buenos Aires Herald) - "People in Homs are scared and angry," Wissam Tarif, director of the Insan human rights group, told Reuters.
"Shabbiha and security are obvious in the streets. Kalashnikovs and other weapons are in their hands. Al Saha al Jadida square is packed with security forces. Security is mixed between civilian and uniformed," he said.
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Syrian army pulls back in Daraa, advances elsewhere

May 5, 2011 (Ahram Online) - Wissam Tarif, executive director of the Insan human rights group, said at least 260 people had been detained in Saqba. He earlier told Reuters more than 800 people had been rounded up in Daraa since the army moved in.
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Syria to send in army after 120 troops killed

June 7, 2011 (Reuters) - Wissam Tarif, director of human rights organisation Insan, disputed the official report, saying the clashes were between loyalist troops and army members who had defected. He called the number of deaths "inconsistent".
"An army unit or division arrived to the area in the morning. It seems then another unit (in the afternoon) arrived to contain the defection," Tarif told Reuters. He said several people in Jisr al-Shoghour had confirmed that version of events.
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Syrian dissidents allowed to meet in Damascus

Damascus, Syria, July 4, 2011 (CNN) - "The big question regarding this conference is, where are the young people?" asked Wissam Tarif, a pro-democracy activist based outside Syria. "Where are the people who are on the streets? Where are the voices of the people who are from Daraa, or from Douma, or from Jisr al-Shugur, or from Idlib? I think those are the voices that have been missed so far."
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Syrian protests thrust president into new spotlight

March 25, 2011 (CNN) - Activists say that with the current protests, however, al-Assad can no longer look away.
"He has to start listening," said Wissam Tarif, executive director of the human rights group Insan. "It's the time to start listening and acting. He can't afford any more promises."
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Unrest: Middle East and North Africa, country by country

March 25, 2011 (CNN) - As many as 20,000 people turned up Thursday for the funerals of people killed in unrest in the southern city of Daraa, according to Wissam Tarif of the human rights group Insan.
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Læger er blevet skydeskiver under Det Arabiske Forår

April 29, 2011 ( - Så sent som i går forlød det fra Dara'a, der er sat i militær undtagelsestilstand, at byens eneste sygehus er blevet lukket af militæret. Wissam Tarif, leder af den syriske menneskeretsgruppe Insan, fortæller The New York Times, at læger anvender tøj og almindelige nåle på grund af knaphed på helt basalt medicinalt udstyr.
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الأنظمة "المستبدة" تقمع بالإنترنت

ايار ٢٣، ٢٠١١ (الجزيرة) - ويؤكد مدير منظمة إنسان الحقوقية وسام طريف الذي تعرض موقعه للهجوم، أن "ثمة حربا حقيقية تجري في فضاء الإنترنت".
ورغم أن الحكومة السورية أبدت ليونة عبر رفعها الحظر عن استخدام فيسبوك ويوتيوب وتويتر في فبراير/شباط، فإنها أرسلت دباباتها وقناصيها للقضاء على موجة الاحتجاجات السلمية، واعتقلت المدونين وقطعت الكهرباء وخدمات الهاتف، وهو ما عطل استخدام الإنترنت.
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 الأمن السوري يعتقل كل من يظهر في «الجزيرة»

اذار ٥، ٢٠١١ (العرب) - وأعلن وسام طريف مدير منظمة إنسان الحقوقية أن «قوات الأمن اعتقلت 64 شخصا في مدينة الزبداني ونحو 73 شخصا في مضايا».
وأشار طريف إلى «وجود كثيف لقوات الأمن وإلى وجود نقاط تفتيش في هاتين المدينتين» الواقعتين في ريف دمشق.
كما لفت إلى أن قوات الأمن «استخدمت القوة بشدة خلال قيامها بحملة الاعتقالات، حيث شتمت وضربت المعتقلين أمام عائلاتهم وحطمت ممتلكاتهم الشخصية وصادرت أجهزة الكمبيوتر وهواتفهم الخليوية».
وأوضح أن «بعض الأشخاص تم اعتقالهم عوضا عن آبائهم أو إخوتهم الذين لم يتمكن الأمن من العثور عليهم والمتوارين عن الأنظار».
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حملة اعتقالات واسعة في أنحاء البلاد ومنظمة حقوقية تتحدث عن 8000 «معتقل أو مفقود»

دمشق – لندن، ايار ٥، ٢٠١١ (الشرق الأوسط) - وفيما قالت منظمة حقوقية إن هناك نحو 8000 «معتقل أو مفقود» في البلاد، توعد ناشطون بمواصلة «الثورة والمظاهرات». وقال وسام طريف المدير التنفيذي لمنظمة حقوق الإنسان (إنسان) لوكالة الصحافة الفرنسية إن عدد «المعتقلين أو المفقودين يمكن أن يتجاوز 8 آلاف». وأضاف أن منظمته تمكنت من التأكد من توقيف 2843 شخصا بينهم 891 في درعا ومحيطها و103 في الزبداني و108 في مضايا (شمال غربي دمشق) و384 حول دمشق و636 في حمص ومحيطها و317 في اللاذقية و267 في جبلة و37 في طرطوس، المدن الثلاث الواقعة على المتوسط. وتابع أن هناك 5157 اسما آخر يجري التحقق منهم بينهم 4038 في درعا ومحيطها.
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قناص سوري منشق: أمرونا بإطلاق النار لقمع المتظاهرين

اسطنبول، تركيا، تموز ٣١، ٢٠١١ (CNN) - يقول وسام طريف، مدير منظمة "إنسان" السورية لحقوق الإنسان التي تساعد الفارين من السوريين إلى تركيا ولبنان: "نحن نتحدث عما يزيد على 2000 جندي انشقوا عن الجيش."
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