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DCHRS | Casualties Report | Total Deaths: 59| Saturday 25/10/2014
Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies documented on Saturday 25/10/2014 Fifty Nine (59) victims who were killed in di....Details
DCHRS | Casualties Report | Total Deaths: 59| Saturday 25/10/2014

65 Casualties in Four Horrific Massacres Perpetrated by Regime Forces in Damascus Suburbs

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

DCHRS Documented 65 victims in 72 hours in four different massacres committed by Regime forces in Erbeen, Tarma, Jisreen, and Douma in Damascus Suburbs. .......Details

Three Consecutive Massacres in Homs, Damascus Suburbs, and Daraa in 48 hours

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

DCHRS Documented 57 victims in three massacres perpetrated by the Syrian Regime Forces the majority of them are women and children........Details

PARENTS AND SIX CHILDREN MUST BE RELEASED

Amnesty International

A Syrian couple, Rania Alabbasi and her husband Abdulrahman Yasin, and their six children, now aged three to 15, have been subjected to enforced disappearance by the Syrian authorities. They were arrested in March 2013. .......Details

Indiscriminate Shelling Killed More than 500 Victims in Aleppo and Damascus Suburbs in September

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

As violence and systematic human rights abuses continue by the Syrian government regime’s forces. DCHRS documented in the month of September, 2014 a total of 2125 victims who were killed by regime’s forces and their loyal militias in addition to the armed groups. .......Details

Free Human Rights Lawyer Release Khalil Ma’touq Immediately, Unconditionally

Gulf Centre for Human Rights

(Geneva October 2, 2014) – The Syrian government should immediately and unconditionally free the prominent human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq and his colleague Mohamed Zaza, 26 organizations said today, on the second anniversary of their enforced disappearance. .......Details

ACTIVIST FACING UNFAIR TRIAL: GEBRAIL MOUSHE KOURIE

Amnesty International

Peaceful political activist Gebrail Moushe Kourie is to be tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court, which does not abide by international fair trial standards. He has been in custody since December 2013 and has been held in ‘Adra Prison since February. There are concerns that he may have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated. .......Details

SYRIA: SCIENTIST FACING UNFAIR TRIAL, RISKS TORTURE

Amnesty International

Syrian physicist Faten Rajab Fawaz, a prisoner of conscience, is awaiting trial before a Military Field Court, whose proceedings are grossly unfair. She has been detained since 24 December 2011, seemingly as a result of her peaceful activism. .......Details

Targeting a Bakery in Aleppo and Killing more than 41 Civilians

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

On Thursday September 18, 2014, at approximately 10:00 PM, the Syrian regime warplanes perpetrated a massacre in Aleppo – Al-Bab city by targeting a line of civilians who were standing in line to buy bread in front of a bakery with a barrel bomb. Tens of civilians were killed in this massacre instantly while they were hoping to go home with some bread that’s extremely difficult to find and get in the besieged province of Aleppo........Details

More than 60 People Killed in a Massacre perpetrated by Regime’s Airstrikes

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

In less than 48 hours from the first Douma massacre which occurred on September the 9th, the Syrian regime targeted Douma again with two airstrikes killing more than 60 documented victims including many wounded who are critically injured........Details

Regime’s Airstrikes Killed 25 victims and more than 70 were injured in Douma, Damascus Suburbs

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

With Al-Assad remaining in power, horrible bloodbaths and violations are increasingly being perpetrated. In Damascus suburb, a new massacre was perpetrated disregarding all the international laws and covenants which states that displaced gatherings and civil areas must be protected from any military operations according to the international humanitarian law........Details

Regime’s Airstrikes Killed More Than 20 Civilians in Der Ezzor

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

The Syrian regime continues to perpetrate more crimes, including crimes against humanity, genocides, and systematic war crimes, amid an utter international silence. The Syrian regime has used its warplanes to target IDPs gatherings that were staying in different schools in Der Ezzor.......Details

Free Prominent Rights Defenders Verdict Scheduled in Charges Before Anti-Terrorism Court

Gulf Centre for Human Rights

The Syrian government should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 79 organizations said today. The Syrian Anti-Terrorism Court is expected to issue its verdict on September 24, 2014 in their trial for “publicizing terrorist acts.” .......Details

Targeting Dael Field Hospital with Barrel Bombs in Daraa Province

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

The Syrian regime adopted a relentless war against the Syrian people by targeting civil areas, condensed neighborhoods, places of worship, field hospitals, and bakeries. Furthermore, the Syrian regime targeted many medical points that were established to treat the Syrian children, women, and elderlies. Field hospitals were built in areas which were besieged to help the residents, who become wounded due to airstrikes, shelling, and bombing. .......Details

Targeting Dael Civilians Using Airstrikes and Indiscriminate Shelling

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

The conflict in Syria has revealed horrific violations, most of which were perpetrated by Syrian regime forces. These crimes included extra judicial killing, torture, rape, massacres, and genocide. In addition, such systematic crimes have been categorized under crimes against humanity and war crimes, where the regime used weapons that are banned according to international laws and conventions. .......Details

Regime’s Airstrikes Killed More than 50 Civilians in Kafrbatna and Douma

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

As the world witnesses many rapid regional and international developments, the Syrian Regime finds the opportunity to commit and perpetrate more crimes. The Syrian regime once again disregarded all the international charters and relevant agreements on protecting civilians during international conflicts. .......Details

An Entire Family Killed in Dael, Daraa Suburbs

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

Syrian forces’ Barrel bombs and airstrikes don’t distinguish between children, adults, males, females, civilians, or rebels. These weapons threatens and kills tens if not even hundreds of Syrians everywhere on a daily bases. This statement details and condemns the death of an entire family, who was killed in Dael, Daraa Suburbs, by regime’s barrel bombs. .......Details

Massacre in Ash-Shajra Refugees camp

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

Ash-Shajra refugee camp is located in Ash-Shajra village which is 35 Km to the north west of Daraa city. Ash-Shajra village lies close to the Golan Heights region next to Israeli Syrian border. Ash-Shajra refugee camp was established in August 2013 after the Syrian regime began a more intense and violent shelling against the Syrian cities, villages, and towns of Daraa province .......Details

Children among 15 civilians summarily killed in northern Syria

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has obtained details of a horrific raid in which 15 civilians, including seven children, were summarily killed on 29 May in a village in northern Syria raising fears of further attacks against residents in the area.  .......Details

Free Prominent Rights Defenders

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network

Armed Groups Should End Harassment, Abductions .......Details

Free Prominent Rights Defenders / Armed Groups Should End Harassment, Abductions

Gulf Centre for Human Rights

(New York, May 27, 2014) – A prominent human rights defender and three of her colleagues believed to be in the custody of an armed opposition group should immediately be freed, 45 civil society organizations said today. Razan Zeitouneh,Wael Hamada, Samira Khalil, and Nazem Hammadi were abducted on December 9, 2013, in Douma, a city outside Damascus under the control of a number of armed opposition groups. .......Details

Free Prominent Rights Defenders

Human Rights Watch

Armed Groups Should End Harassment, Abductions .......Details

Targeting Damascus, the Damascene suburbs, Hama, and Idlib with Chemical Weapons

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

The conflict in Syria has revealed horrific violations, most of which were perpetrated by Syrian regime forces. The Syrian regime forces used conventional and heavy weapons against civilians in addition to chemical weapons. Such chemical weapons are banned according to the (Chemical Weapons Convention). The Syrian regime forces used Sarin gas in August of 2013, the attack targeted Al-Gouta Region in Damascus suburb and took the lives of 1400 civilians most of them are women and children .......Details

Targeting Schools as a Form of Punishment

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

The conflict in Syria has revealed horrific violations, most of which were perpetrated by Syrian regime forces. These crimes included extra judicial killing, torture, rape, massacres, and genocide. In addition, such systematic crimes have been categorized under crimes against humanity and war crimes, .......Details

Call for the immediate release of disappeared human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq

Gulf Centre for Human Rights

Over one and a half years after the disappearance of renowned Syrian human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq, the undersigned organizations are reiterating their call on the Syrian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally. .......Details

Targeting Daraa with Barrel Bombs

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

As the Syrian Regime continues its scorched earth policy of killing, destroying, Terrorizing the helpless civilians, and burning what’s left of Syria; the Syrian regime is now dropping barrel bombs day and night in civilians areas, condensed neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and homes. .......Details

Failure to uphold UN resolution requires decisive Council action

Amnesty International

The UN Security Council must take concrete action, including threatening targeted sanctions, against parties in Syria that are brazenly flouting the terms of a unanimous UN resolution calling for immediate humanitarian access and an end to human rights abuses, said Amnesty International.  .......Details

New Barrel Bombs Hit Aleppo

Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Syrian government is indiscriminately striking civilians and civilian objects in Aleppo with unguided, high-explosive barrel bombs. The attacks continue despite a United Nations Security Council Resolution unanimously passed on February 22, 2014, demanding that all parties in Syria cease the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs and other weapons in populated areas. The UN will meet to discuss its second round of reporting on compliance with the resolution on Apri .......Details

FURTHER INFORMATION: SITUATION OF DETAINED MAN STILL UNKNOWN: ‘ALI SAYED AL-SHIHABI

Amnesty International

‘Ali Sayed al-Shihabi, a Palestinian refugee living in Syria, who was detained in December 2012 and then subjected to enforced disappearance, has been confirmed to have been in the custody of the Syrian authorities. But his place of detention and present condition remain unknown. .......Details

WOMAN ON TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY AIDING DISPLACED: YARA FARIS

Amnesty International

A Syrian woman, Yara Faris, was arrested by Syrian State Security officers on 8 December 2013. She is held in ‘Adra Prison, waiting to be tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court for allegedly assisting in the distribution of food and aid to displaced people. .......Details

Establishing a Special Syrian Court and a Unified Database of Human Rights Violations

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies & the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice

On February 6-7, 2014, representatives of Syrian judicial and legal councils, in addition to the Syrian human rights and civil society organizations, gathered at a conference in Istanbul, Turkey at the invitation of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies. .......Details

SYRIAN LAWYERS AND JUDGES TO ESTABLISH SYRIAN SPECIAL COURT

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

Special Court to Prosecute Perpetrators of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity - Gaziantep, Turkey - The Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies announced today that it will hold a meeting on February 6 and 7 in Istanbul, Turkey .......Details

ICSC and DCHRS Organize Workshop on Media and Transitional Justice

Joint Press Release, ICSC and DCHRS

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, along with the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies, a member in the ICSC, held a three-day workshop from 10-12 December 2013 for journalists working on issues related to Syria. .......Details

‘The true worth of our presence’ – Syrian lawyers risk detention and death in the name of justice

Amnesty International

Being a human rights lawyer in Syria has never been easy. We have always been vulnerable to prosecution or at risk of arrest by the authorities. Over the past few years, however, the situation has become increasingly unbearable. .......Details

Syrian regime document trove shows evidence of 'industrial scale' killing of detainees

The Guardian

Calls for Assad or other officials to face justice at the international criminal court in The Hague have foundered on the problem that Syria is not a member of the court. Photograph: Reuters .......Details

Syria war crimes evidence

Anadolu Agency

A person who served for Syrian army for 13 years as a military policeman together with his colleagues took for two years 55,000 photographs of 11,000 people who were systematically tortured to death by Assad regime .......Details

Indiscriminate Shelling Killed More than 500 Victims in Aleppo and Damascus Suburbs in September

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

DCHRS documented 2125 victims including 270 children and 187 women during September, 2014, and the International Coalition’s Airstrikes Killed 40 Victims Among them Children and Civilians.

Casualty Report for September 2014

As violence and systematic human rights abuses continue by the Syrian government regime’s forces. DCHRS documented in the month of September, 2014 a total of 2125 victims who were killed by regime’s forces and their loyal militias in addition to the armed groups.

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More than 75% of the Syrian Victims were Civilians in August

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

Indiscriminate Shelling Killed Nearly a Thousand Syrians

Casualty Report for August 2014

As violence and systematic human rights abuses continue by the Syrian government regime’s forces. DCHRS documented in the month of August, 2014 a total of 1854 victims who were killed by regime’s forces and their loyal militias in addition to the armed groups

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Targeting Dael Civilians Using Airstrikes and Indiscriminate Shelling

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

The conflict in Syria has revealed horrific violations, most of which were perpetrated by Syrian regime forces. These crimes included extra judicial killing, torture, rape, massacres, and genocide. In addition, such systematic crimes have been categorized under crimes against humanity and war crimes, where the regime used weapons that are banned according to international laws and conventions. .......Details

Indiscriminate Shelling Killed More than 900 Syrian in July

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

As violence and systematic human rights abuses continue by the Syrian government regime’s forces. DCHRS documented in the month of July, 2014 a total of 1851 victims who were killed by regime’s forces and their loyal militias in addition to the armed groups. .......Details

Syria’s Wound is Bleeding Unceasingly - Casualty Report for June 2014

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

Indiscriminate Shelling is Still Killing Civilians Across Syria

Casualty Report for June 2014

As violence and systematic human rights abuses continue by the Syrian government regime’s forces. DCHRS documented in the month of June, 2014 a total of 2062 victims who were killed by regime’s forces and their loyal militias in addition to the armed groups

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Massacre in Ash-Shajra Refugees camp

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

Ash-Shajra refugee camp is located in Ash-Shajra village which is 35 Km to the north west of Daraa city. Ash-Shajra village lies close to the Golan Heights region next to Israeli Syrian border. Ash-Shajra refugee camp was established in August 2013 after the Syrian regime began a more intense and violent shelling against the Syrian cities, villages, and towns of Daraa province in addition to the closing of the border crossing between the Jordanian Syrian borders. The camp contains 500 tents that were secured by Gulf and other Arab countries.......Details

Aleppo Has the Greatest Number of Casualties for Five Months in a Row, Casualty Report for May 2014

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

As violence and systematic human rights abuses continue by the Syrian government regime forces, DCHRS documented in the month of May, 2014 a total of 2422 victims who were killed by regime forces and their loyal militias in addition to other armed groups. .......Details

State of the Zaizoun IDP Camp in Western Daraa

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

State of the Zaizoun IDP Camp in Western Daraa.......Details

Briefing note on sieges across Syria

Amnesty International

Introduction The armed conflict raging in Syria continues to have a catastrophic effect for millions of the country’s citizens. At least 2.6 million have fled the country as refugees, severely impacting Syria’s neighbouring states, and at least 6.5 million others are internally displaced inside Syria. Three and a half million people living in hard-to-reach areas are among 9.3 million in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in areas that have been under siege. .......Details

SYRIA 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

U.S. Department of State

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Syria is a republic ruled by the authoritarian regime of President Bashar Asad. The president makes key decisions with counsel from a small number of security advisors, ministers, and senior members of the ruling Baath (Arab Socialist Renaissance) Party.  

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Reports by the Violations Documentation Centre - VDC

Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)

Witness Reports

Special Reports

Area-Specific Reports

Statistical Reports

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Reports by the Syrian Network for Human Rights

The Syrian Network for Human Rights

Targeting a line of four thousand People

The Death Toll for March 2014

Three years Harvest

More than 330 barrel bombs in Darya Alone

Prisoners in Syria

Drowning victims

Victims of Cold

Extensive research about Islamic State of Iraq and Levant Organization (ISIL)

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SYRIA: Political activist Yahia Sharbji

Special Report

Activsit Yahia Sharbji

Yahia Sharbji, political activist who believes in non-violence solutions, was born on January, 21st, 1979 in Daryaa, Damascus County.  Yahiya studied in Science department at Damascus University, but he did not continue his studies because he was arrested with a group of his friends on May, 3rd, 2003. He was one of Daryya youth group,  A group of youth who are Muslims and they believed in non-violence solutions to all the society problems through being active in different domains in life. This group was active between 1989 and 2003. 

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Lost in Syria's Black Hole for Doing Their Jobs

Human Rights Watch

The Syrian government has arbitrarily disappeared and tortured peaceful political activists, journalists, humanitarian workers, doctors and lawyers. These are their stories........Details

Syria: Oral Intervention of human rights NGOs at UN Human Rights Council

Joint Oral Intervention

United Nations Human Rights Council:  24th Session
Item 4: ID COI Syria:  Oral Intervention

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
17 September, 2013
Delivered by: Mathieu Routier

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In an Oral Intervention to the Human Rights Council: Human Rights Organizations Call for Justice in Syria

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Click here to read the oral intervention

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights (EMHRN) and number of Syrian Human Rights Organizations presented an oral intervention on the ongoing atrocities in Syria to the UN Human Rights Council today, 17 September 2013.  The intervention came in the framework of the 24th session of the Council, which is currently convened in Geneva and which is scheduled to continue until 27 September 2013.

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