Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Grave and ongoing violations of women’s rights in the context of the conflict in Syria

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10 May 2013 – The rise of the Baath Party to power in Syria in 1963 was accompanied by serious human
rights violations, particularly as a result of the implementation of a state of emergency which
granted state security services de facto impunity for nearly fifty years before it was finally
formally lifted in 2011. In February 1982, Syrian military forces, specifically the Saraya
Defense Brigades, committed massacres and other serious violations amounting to crimes
against humanity in the cities of Hama, Jisr Shoughour and Aleppo

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