Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)


‘Awad Jassim ‘Abbas has been held incommunicado since his
arrest on 14 May. Reports suggest he has been tortured or otherwise ill-treated
by Syrian security forces. ‘Awad ‘Abbas was arrested at his home in al-Dumayr,
north-east of the capital Damascus, during a raid by a reportedly large number
of armed members of Syrian Air Force Security.

Summary prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in accordance with paragraph 15 (c) of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1

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The present report is a summary of 24 stakeholders’ submissions1 to the universal periodic review. It follows the structure of the general guidelines adopted by the Human Rights Council. It does not contain any opinions, views or suggestions on the part of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), nor any judgement or determination in relation to specific claims.

The information included herein
has been systematically referenced in endnotes and, to the extent possible, the original texts have not been altered. Lack of information or focus on specific issues may be due to the absence of submissions by stakeholders regarding these particular issues. The full texts of all submissions received are available on the OHCHR website. The report has been prepared taking into consideration the four-year periodicity of the first cycle of the review.
The deadline for submissions by stakeholders was 31 March 2011.

Article 15 communication on Crimes against Humanity committed in Syria


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 The NGOs making this submission have personally
interviewed witnesses of the crimes mentioned in this report, which have
exceeded four hundred (400) interviews conducted on site and more than two
thousand (2000) phone calls and other types of testimonies. The NGO’s have also
engaged a local network of activists in order to obtain reliable and credible
information. Furthermore, they have summarised a selected number of reliable
and publicly available international NGO reports on alleged crimes committed in
Syria in order to corroborate the first hand information they have collected.

Lebanon: Alkarama commends Lebanon release of wrongfully-detained Syrian refugees

Lebanon: Alkarama commends Lebanon release of
wrongfully-detained Syrian refugees

All Syrian refugees detained by the Lebanese authorities for
being in the country illegally have been released this week. Following their
release, Prime Minister Mikati declared on Arab television channel Al-Arabiya
that his government will "look at the issue of Syrian refugees … from a
purely humanitarian angle, away from politics".

Syria: Extra-judicial killings continue in Syria

 Syria: Extra-judicial killings
continue in Syria

Alkarama is concerned at the ongoing
widespread violation of human rights in Syria. On 14 June 2011, we submitted a
new communication regarding a further 80 people who have been extra-judicially
executed by the security forces, some dying under torture to the Special
Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. Alkarama was
also able to collect information regarding three individuals who died under
torture, including two minors, as described below: