Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

States must act resolutely on UN report on Syria

28 November 2011

Amnesty International

Amnesty International today urged states to act on a UN report confirming that Syrian security forces committed crimes against humanity during their violent crackdown on demonstrators this year. The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry’s report, released in Geneva today, called on the Government of Syria to launch “independent and  impartial investigations of these violations and to bring perpetrators to justice”.

Syrian Student at risk of torture in detention

URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International

Syrian student Suhaib al-Ammar was arrested on 18 November by officials of Air Force Intelligence, one of Syria’s security police agencies, near Daraya, close to the Syrian capital of Damascus. Since then he has been detained incommunicado at an unknown location, prompting serious fears for his safety as his life has previously been threatened by the security forces.

Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

Human Rights Council

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The deteriorating situation in the Syrian Arab Republic prompted the Human Rights  Council to establish an independent international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged violations of human rights since March 2011. From the end of September until mid- November 2011, the commission held meetings with Member States from all regional groups, regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, non-governmental organizations, human rights defenders, journalists and experts. It interviewed 223 victims and witnesses of alleged human rights violations, including civilians and defectors from the military and the security forces. In the present report, the commission documents patterns of summary execution, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, torture, including sexual violence, as well as violations of children’s rights.

Concern for Human Rights Lawyer Mustafa Osso and other Syrian lawyers

Joint Press release

On November 20, 2011, Mr. Mustafa Osso, a lawyer and President of the Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms (DAD), was arrested by the security police in Al-Hassakeh after he appeared before its "passports and travel" section to request a permit to travel. He was brought before the Al-Hassakeh branch of the security police for questioning and was released several hours later. The security police ordered him to appear within three days before the security police in Damascus.

Syrian reporter’s brother held

URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has learnt that ‘Imad Walid Kharsa, the brother of detained Syrian reporter ‘Adel Walid Kharsa, is also being detained and has been held incommunicado since August. It is gravely concerned that both men are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. According to information received by Amnesty International, ‘Imad Walid Kharsa was arrested on 24 August. He was seized from a house he was sheltering in near Hama, central Syria.

Syrian activist released

Amnesty International

Syrian activist Ghassan Yasin was released from detention on 10 November. He had been held since 18 August.  A source has told Amnesty International that on 3 November Ghassan Yasin was brought before judicial authorities in his home town, Aleppo, northern Syria, on charges related to the organization of protests and insulting the president. According to the same source, a judicial official informed Ghassan Yasin that he would be among a number of detainees who the authorities were planning to release on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, a religious holiday.

Concern for Human Rights Lawyer Mustafa Osso and other Syrian lawyers

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

On November 20, 2011, Mr. Mustafa Osso, a lawyer and President of the Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms (DAD), was arrested by the security police in Al-Hassakeh after he appeared before its “passports and travel” section to request a permit to travel. He was brought before the Al-Hassakeh branch of the security police for questioning and was released several hours later. The security police ordered him to appear within three days before the security police in Damascus.

UN General Assembly Should Condemn the Violence in Syria

November 21, 2011

To: All Member States of the UN General Assembly

Dear Ambassador,

On October 20 a number of our organizations wrote to you to urge the UN General Assembly to demand an end to the government-sponsored violence in Syria. A lot has happened since. On November 2, Syria pledged to abide by the Arab League peace plan and cease the violence, withdraw its troops from cities, release prisoners, and allow in independent journalists and human rights monitors.