Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Thematic Reports

SNHR Statement about Syrian IDPs and Refugees

The number of internally displaced persons has alarmingly spiked making it impossible for local organizations and committees to cover their needs. The number has risen from 3.5 million according to the latest statistic by the Syrian Network for Human Rights issued in early October 2012 to reach around 4.8 million by early December 2012. The bulk of IDPs in the past month came from Aleppo due to the increase in random bombardment by Meg warplanes using explosive barrels. According to SNHR member in Aleppo, the occupancy rate dropped to as low as 4% in some neighbourhoods as most of the residents fled their homes in fear for their lives and the lives of their families. In Homs, on the other hand, many neighbourhoods remain completely deserted such as al-Qusour neighbourhood which has been almost completely destroyed.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights Report on Arrests

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has been able to confirm and document that the Syrian regime has arrested no less than 194,000 Syrian citizens since March 2011. Those include around 9,000 people under 18 and 600 women.

The figure also includes no less than 60,000 cases of forced disappearance which refers to cases where persons are arrested, detained, or abducted by a state or political organization or by authorization, support or disregard of such action by such bodies who subsequently refuse to acknowledge such act or provide information about those persons’ status or location in order to deprive them from legal protection for an extended period of time.

The Story of Umar al-Ghabtawi, a videographer

To report situation on ground on Syrian lands, media activists are killed one after another, the story of Umar al-Ghabtawi, a videographer:

Umar al-Ghantawi is 18 years old young man from the city Homs. At the beginning of the revolution, he left his work as a mobile phone technician and started his activities as a media activist for the Syrian revolution. He filmed and shot hundreds of videos and pictures that document the crimes perpetrated by Assad’s regime on a daily basis hoping that they will appeal to world and humanity conscience.

The Story of the Activist, Alaa Umar Jumaa’s story

Assad’s regime kills media activists to conceal the truth; Latakia media activist, Alaa Umar Jumaa

They hate truth; therefore, they kill and shed the blood of the Syrian people.

Alaa Jumaa is 23 years old young man from the village of Istirba in which streets the most beautiful protests in the neighbourhood of Ar-Raml al-Janoubi marched. He sent documentations, videos, of these protests to media outlets spreading the name of his coastal city in the whole world that finally heard of this great city that has been obscured during the reign of Assad’s family.

When Assad’s regime army raided the area, Alaa videographed the most important scenes of gunfire, shelling, the wounded, tanks raids in Ar-Raml al-Janoubi neighbourhood.