Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Arrest of a college student Baher Abdul Razzaq Member of the Syrian Organization for Human Rights

The Syrian Organization for Human Rights (SWASIAH)

In course of the unfair campaign waged by the security services and semi security that has been unleashed in Syria against civil society activists and human rights defenders. At exactly nine o’clock in the morning of Friday18/11/2011 the military intelligence “branch 291” arrest college student and our colleague: Baher Abdul Razzaq Member of the Syrian Organization for Human Rights

Syrian ‘Damascus Spring’ activist set free

15 November 2011

Amnesty International

Prominent Syrian dissident and prisoner of conscience Kamal al-Labwani was released today after spending six years in prison for his peaceful political opposition to the ruling regime.Although he was due to be set free on 9 November, he was transferred to a detention centre run by one of Syria’s security forces on that date and only released after being held for several days more. 

Arab League vote to suspend Syria puts pressure on Security Council to act

12 November 2011

Amnesty International

The Arab League’s decision to suspend Syria must spur the UN Security Council into action, Amnesty International said today. At an emergency meeting in Cairo today, 18 out of 22 member states voted in favour of suspending Syria’s membership of the regional organization with effect from Wednesday if the government continued to breach the terms of the Arab League’s action plan.

Crackdown on Protesters in the Governorate of Homs

November 11, 2011

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This report is based on more than 110 interviews with victims and witnesses from Homs, both the city and the surrounding governorate of the same name. The area has emerged as a center of opposition to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The report focuses on violations by Syrian security forces from mid-April to the end of August, during which time security forces killed at least 587 civilians, the highest number of casualties for any single governorate.

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Syria: Crimes Against Humanity in Homs

For Immediate Release

Arab League Should Suspend Syria

(New York, November 11, 2011) – The systematic nature of abuses against civilians in Homs by Syrian government forces, including torture and unlawful killings, indicate that crimes against humanity have been committed, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Human Rights Watch urged the Arab League, meeting in Cairo on November 12, 2011, to suspend Syria’s membership in the League and to ask the United Nations Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions against individuals responsible for the violations, and refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Fears for missing Syrian activists


10 November 2011


Syrian activists Mohamed Bachir Arab and Ahmed Omar Azoz went missing from their home town of Aleppo, northern Syria, on 2 November. There are fears that they have been arrested and are being held in secret detention, in which case they would be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Arab League must press Syria to allow human rights monitors


10 November 2011

The Arab League must press Syria to allow entry for independent human rights monitors, Amnesty International said today, as killings and arrests continue in Syria in defiance of an agreement to end the violence.  More than 100 people are reported to have been killed since Syria announced last week that it would abide by the action plan it agreed with the Arab League on 30 October.  The majority of those killed appear to have been unarmed protesters and bystanders shot by the security forces and army.

The United States criticizes Syria for rejecting recommendations because they were made by them


Monday 17 October 2011

On 11 October, the United States took the floor during the adoption of Syria’s UPR Working Group report to regret that recommendations were either accepted or rejected by the delegation depending of which country made them. In the Report of Working Group of Syria’s review, recommendations are clustered into six categories: those which enjoy the support of the delegation, those which are already implemented, those which are in the process of implementation, those to which the delegation will respond at the 19th Human Rights Council session in March 2012, those which do not enjoy its support and those which do not enjoy its support because they are “based on incorrect assumption or premises”.