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European leaders should hang their heads in shame over refusing and mistreating refugees from Syria, says Amnesty.
The WCC is calling on the council's 345 member churches and churches around the world to remember, pray and act for Syria at Christmas.
Torture, flogging and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, an armed group controlling swathes of northern Syria.
As the largest winter storm in years threatens Lebanon, World Vision is stepping up its preparations throughout the region to keep Syrian refugees safe.
Bishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh of Homs and Hama has repeated an appeal for the release of 12 women religious kidnapped in Syria on 2 December.
Open Doors has presented a petition on the situation of Christians in Syria, signed by 309,195 people from 99 different countries, to the United Nations.
Syrian activists abducted in Damascus must be released unconditionally, influential regional and global human rights organisations say.
The announcement of a 22 January 2014 date for the Geneva II talks on the future of Syria is a ray of hope in the darkness that came immediately after an Open Doors Pray for Syria event in Oxford – and gave added impetus to our Save Syria campaign.
The Conference of European Churches has asked European governments and people to act now and to provide protection for refugees fleeing Syria.
World Vision has applauded the UN announcement for a set date of peace talks on 22 January 2014 arguing this offers the only real hope for the country's embattled children.