Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Hearing on the Human Rights Crisis in Syria

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Please Click here to Read the Testimony of : Maria McFarland, Deputy Washington Director, Human Rights Watch

Please Click here to Read the Testimony of : Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

Please Click here to Read the Testimony of : Andrew Tabler, Next Generation Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Please Click here to Read the Testimony of : Radwan Ziadeh, Visiting Scholar, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Since March 2011, growing numbers of anti-government protests in Syria have been met with a brutal crackdown by the Syrian government, including widespread killings, torture, and indiscriminate shelling of cities. More than 8,000 people have been killed, and over 200,000 people have been displaced. The Syrian government is even using landmines as a deadly tactic to prevent civilians from escaping.

Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses, End Kidnappings, Forced Confessions, and Executions

March 20, 2012

(New York) – Armed opposition elements have carried out serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today in a public letter to the Syrian National Council (SNC) and other leading Syrian opposition groups. Abuses include kidnapping, detention, and torture of security force members, government supporters, and people identified as members of pro-government militias, called shabeeha.

I wanted to die Syria’s torture survivors speak out

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A grim catalogue of torture has emerged from former detainees describing their treatment in Syria’s detention centres since the predominantly peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government began in March 2011. This report reveals that all the various security forces are routinely torturing and ill-treating detainees held in the context of the protests and unrest, using methods of cruelty mostly used for decades. The torture carried out appears to be part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population as part of Syrian government policy to crush dissent.

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Concrete steps towards better protection of human rights defenders

Geneva-Paris, March 15, 2012. On March 8 and 9, 2012, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), organised the fourth “inter-mechanisms” meeting, which was hosted by the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Amnesty International calls on the Human Rights Council to keep Syria under review in the Universal Periodic Review due to the extraordinary circumstances that prevail in the country

15 March 2012

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Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Syria

During the review of Syria in October 2011, the authorities accepted recommendations to guarantee the rights to freedom of expression, opinion and assembly, to end conflict and violence and find a peaceful political solution to the situation in the country, and to investigate alleged cases of violence and deaths, bringing those responsible to justice.