Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Detained Syrian Man’s life is at risk

  ‘Awad Jassim ‘Abbas, who has had no contact with his family or lawyers since 14 May, may have been subjected to enforced disappearance by the Syrian authorities. His life is in danger.  

‘Awad ‘Abbas was arrested on 14 May, shortly after he and his brother, Hussein Jasim ‘Abbas, had attended pro-reform protests. Amnesty International believes that his detention may be connected to this.


Human Rights Organization Documents Cases of Injured Protesters Being Beaten by Security Agents in Hospitals

Wounded Patients in Syria’s Hospitals are Tortured, Along with Medical Staff Suspected of Treating Injured Protesters, Says New Amnesty International Report

(New York) — The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition, Amnesty International said today in a new report that documents the torture of injured patients and of medical professionals suspected of treating wounded protesters.

Arab League: Deploy Civilian Monitors in Syria

At Least 186 Killed Since League Proposed a National Dialogue

(Cairo, October 26, 2011) – The League of Arab States should demand that Syria’s government allow independent, on-the-ground, civilian monitors to observe the behavior of the security services, Human Rights Watch said today. Such monitoring would be an essential step to end the violence in Syria and restore a climate of trust, Human Rights Watch said.

Climate of fear in Syria’s hospitals as patients and medics targeted

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25 October 2011
The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition, Amnesty International said today in a new report.  The 39-page report Health Crisis: Syrian Government Targets the Wounded and Health Workers documents how wounded patients in at least four government-run hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical workers.

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Continuing incommunicado detention of Mr. Issam Zaghloulþ

October 19, 2011

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continuing incommunicado detention of Mr. Issam Zaghloul, a lawyer who has denounced the deadly repression of the peaceful protest movement in Syria and the repression of lawyers.

According to the information received, in the night of August 23, 2011, Mr. Issam Zaghloul was arbitrarily arrested by members of the Air Force Intelligence Services at his home in Darya, Damascus

IBSA: Push Syria to End Bloodshed, India, Brazil, and South Africa Need to Lead at UN

October 16, 2011

(Johannesburg) – India, Brazil, and South Africa are not leveraging their rising global influence to help stop the bloodshed in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. Leaders of the three countries should use their two-day Heads of State and Government Dialogue Forum, hosted by President Jacob Zuma on October 17, 2011, to categorically demand that the Syrian government end its widespread and systematic attacks on antigovernment protesters and activists. Syria should also grant access to UN investigators and human rights monitors, Human Rights Watch said.

SYRIA: Political activist 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.