Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Mass grave uncovered in Syria

Mass grave uncovered in Syria

Authorities must stop further killings of civilians and
respect the right of families to know the fate of their relatives

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the
Damascus Center for Human Rights  (DCHRS)
have been informed by cross-checked sources that a mass grave containing the
remains of at least 13 bodies was uncovered on May 16 morning near Daraa in area
called Talit Mohammed Assarie.

Pax Christi International on Human Rights Violations in Syria

Pax Christi International on Human Rights Violations in
Syria

Written Statement addressed to the Human Rights Council

Pax Christi, the international Catholic peace movement, with
more than 100 member organisations active worldwide; is contacting the Human
Rights Council to raise deep concern about the situation of peaceful activists
in Syria. Pax Christi International has member organisations as well as active
working relationships with groups in the region and has addressed the UN and
the Human Rights Council on several occasions concerning the situation in the
Middle East.

We must not turn a blind eye to the continuous crackdown against protestors in Syria

Open Letter by Arab Civil Society Organizations to HE,
Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Foreign Ministers
and Heads of Member States Delegations.

We must not turn a blind eye to the continuous crackdown
against protestors in Syria

We, the undersigned (100) Civil Society organizations from
(17) countries across the Arab World, appreciate the League of Arab States’
statement of 25th April 2011 which strongly supports the calls for freedom and
democracy in the Arab world and condemns the use of violent force against
protestors calling for these rights.

Amnesty International annual report 2011 – Syria

Amnesty International annual report 2011 – Syria

The authorities remained intolerant of dissent. Those who
criticized the government, including human rights defenders, faced arrest and imprisonment

After unfair trials, and bans from travelling abroad. Some were
prisoners of conscience. Human rights NGOs and opposition political parties were
denied legal authorization. State forces and the police continued to commit torture
and other ill-treatment with impunity, and there were at least eight suspicious
deaths in custody.

UN: Syria Ends Rights Body Bid, but Not Repression, Security Council Should Press to End Crackdown, Impose Sanctions

 UN: Syria Ends Rights Body
Bid, but Not Repression

Security Council Should Press to End Crackdown, Impose Sanctions –
(New York, May 11, 2011) – Syria’s
withdrawal of its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights
Council on May 11, 2011, should be followed by an end to its violent crackdown
on peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today. Human rights groups
from across the region and the world had called on General Assembly members to reject Syria’s
candidacy for the rights body. 

UN- Reject Syria’s Human Rights Council Candidacy

UN- Reject Syria’s Human Rights Council Candidacy

Country Under Investigation by Rights Body Not Fit to Join

 (New York, May 6, 2011) – The UN General Assembly
should strongly reject Syria’s candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council, Human
Rights Watch said today. Syria’s attempt to join the council in the midst of
its brutal crackdown on largely peaceful protests is a travesty, Human Rights
Watch said.

ARRESTS SURGE AS PROTESTS CONTINUE

ARRESTS SURGE AS PROTESTS CONTINUE

Hundreds of people are believed to be held incommunicado at
unknown locations across Syria, following a new peak in arrests by Syrian
authorities as protests continue. Those held are at serious risk of torture and
other ill-treatment. Hundreds of others who were being held in connection with
the protests are known to have been released in recent weeks.