Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Detainees Hidden From International Monitors, Arab League Should Demand Access to All Sites Used for Detention

Human Rights Watch

December 27, 2011

(New York) – Syrian authorities have transferred perhaps hundreds of detainees to off-limits military sites to hide them from Arab League monitors now in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The Arab League should insist on full access to all Syrian sites used for detention, consistent with its agreement with the Syrian government.

Fears for men and child arrested in Syria

Amnesty International


The whereabouts of three men and a child arrested on 27 November in Syria are unknown. They appear to have been subjected to enforced disappearance, and there are fears for their safety, particularly as two of the men have pre-existing medical conditions. Lawyer Fahd Musa al-Musa, aged 41, and car mechanic ‘Abd al-Razaq ‘Abdo Jamus, aged 38, were arrested from ‘Abd al-Razaq’s house in Hama, west-central Syria, on 27 November, along with Abd al-Razaq’s 17-year old son, Ahmad ‘Abdo Jamus, and 40-year-old brother ‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Abdo Jamus.

Joint call by Civil Society to the United Nations Security Council: Urgent action needed to provide protection to civilians in Syria and to ensure accountability

December 18, 2011

Press release

While the undersigned organizations recognize the draft resolution condemning Syria currently being discussed by the Security Council, the current text does not adequately address the severity of the situation on the ground and fails to support international accountability for crimes committed by the government of Syria. The undersigned civil society organizations from around the world call on the United Nations (UN) Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to adopt a resolution ensuring protection for victims of human rights violations in Syria and accountability for potential crimes, including crimes against humanity, committed by the Syrian authorities.

Syria: ‘Shoot to Kill’ Commanders Named, Security Council Should Refer Syria to ICC for Crimes Against Humanity


(London) – Former Syrian soldiers identified by name 74 commanders and officials responsible for attacks on unarmed protesters, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report names commanders and officials from the Syrian military and intelligence agencies who allegedly ordered, authorized, or condoned widespread killings, torture, and unlawful arrests during the 2011 anti-government protests. Human Rights Watch has urged the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and impose sanctions against the officials implicated in abuses.

Incommunicado detention, Ill-treatments, Fear for psychological and physical integrity, Arrest attempt

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

December 7, 2011

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about acts of harassment, arbitrary detention and torture against several human rights lawyers in Syria. According to the information received, as of December 6, 2011, Mr. Abdul Salam Al-Atrash remained detained in an unknown location without charge and no information was given by the authorities on his status and condition. Mr. Abdul Salam Al-Atrash was arrested without a warrant by military security officers on September 12, 2011 at his place of residence in Aleppo (Hamdania).