Tomorrow, February 24, a verdict in the world's first-ever Syrian state torture trial will be handed down by the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany against one of two defendants: Eyad A.

For background on the case, @TimepDC's explainer:…
Ahead of the Feb 24 verdict in the world's first-ever Syrian state torture trial, be sure you follow:

@ECCHRBerlin (which supports 17 survivors in the case) & @SJAC_info for trial monitoring reports.

@Branch_251 for an English/Arabic podcast providing context around the trial.
It's essential that as journalists & others cover the first-ever Syrian state torture trial verdict tomorrow, they center the voices of Syrian survivors, lawyers, documentarians, families--without whom we would never be here and for whom this is not just a news headline.

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31 Jan
Horrifying report from lawyers of Egyptian journalist Solafa Magdy.

On Nov 29, Solafa was blindfolded & taken from her cell to another room where a man asked her to become an informant. She refused. He threatened her, telling her she would not see her son again. He harassed her.
Later on Jan 19, when Egyptian journalist Solafa Magdy was being transferred to her renewal hearing, she was made to undergo further abuse.

She was forced to entirely strip for an alleged search. She was later physically dragged to the police van for transfer.
When family visited Solafa on Jan 27, she was severely fatigued & had to be supported on both sides by fellow detainees. She told her mom she was undergoing severe bleeding.

At an earlier point, she had been made to undergo a forced exam of her uterus, resulting in bleeding.
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18 Jan
As Lebanon's UPR closes, was promising to see many states raise press freedom, freedom of expression more broadly, and related issues like defamation prosecutions & attacks on journalists. #UPR37

Context on why this matters in @TimepDC & @CPJMENA's UPR resources in this 🧵.
At Lebanon's #UPR37: Thank you @usmissiongeneva for calling for a stop to the prosecution of journalists; @UKMissionGeneva for calling for repeal of defamation provisions; @geneva_korea for calling for safety of journalists; @NLinGeneva for calling to uphold press freedom.
Thank you @NorwayInGeneva, @LatviaUN_Geneva, and @UKRinUNOG for calling for respect for freedom of expression; @IrelandUNGeneva for calling for decriminalization of blasphemy & defamation; @GreeceInGeneva for calling for measures to enhance journalist safety at Lebanon's #UPR37.
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THREAD: (1) Female thugs attacked, beat & robbed the family of Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah as they sat outside of Tora Prison WHILE officers watched, did nothing & at one point--when they were seeking protection near the prison gates--told the thugs "take them outside."
(2) On the watch of authorities, the thugs hit Alaa's youngest sister Sanaa on the head & the back with a shoum (large stick). His other sister Mona was dragged on the ground. His mom Dr. Laila Soueif was hit and pushed. The thugs stole their bags, IDs, money, everything on them.
(3) See @Monasosh's timeline for the full account of these horrific accounts in Arabic, as well as photo documentation of the injuries Alaa's family sustained.

Here is just one painful example:
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17 Feb 19
Today, Assad called on refugees to return because Syria is "in need of all of its children"

Statements like this, though, don't match up with the reality on the ground. At @TimepDC, we've been tracking the laws that make a safe return for many impossible.
Syria's counter-terrorism law, for example, employs a vague definition of terrorism that has been used to arrest those who dissent peacefully against the regime, to try and sentence them as terrorists, and to confiscate their assets.… via @TimepDC
Syrians are increasingly being stopped at checkpoints and rounded up for military service. Although Assad issued Decree 18 which allegedly grants amnesty to military deserters & draft dodgers, reports of conscription continue… via @TimepDC
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