Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Barrel Bombs Continue to Fall on Aleppo – Casualties Report for January 2014

Casualties Report for January 2014

As violence and systematic human rights abuses continue by the Syrian government regime’s forces. DCHRS documented in the month of January, 2014 a total of 2924 victims who were killed by regime’s forces and their loyal militias in addition of the armed groups. 75% of them were civilians reaching a total of 2184 victims; however the other 740 remaining victims were armed opposition forces and rebels accumulating a rate of 25% approximately.

DCHRS documented a total of 325 children victims at a rate of 11% of the total victims. In addition the number of documented women was 235 victims at a rate of 8%.

DCHRS analyzed that the main cause of death for 1119 victims was indiscriminate shelling and airstrikes targeting the residential areas. Furthermore; the cases of extrajudicial killings and field executions that were perpetrated by regime’s forces resulted in the death of 65 victims. In addition the total number of victims who were tortured to death the prisons and the detentions centers of the Syrian security authorities was 214 victims.

The province of Aleppo, which is witnessing a reckless barrels-assault by the regime, recorded highest number of casualties totaling in 1216 where 962 out of them were civilians. Finally the center documented 19 non-Syrian citizens from other nationalities who were fighting with Syrian Armed oppositions.

DCHRS learned that the Syrian regime forces continue to target civilians and they use direct brutal violence against them. As a result the number of civilians reached 75% of the total number of victims. Also since 41% of the death cases were caused by shelling, missiles, and airstrikes. DCHRS indicates and stresses that such high number of casualties in correlation to the cruel cause of deaths are obvious evidences that the Syrian regime forces are intentionally targeting civilians, ruthlessly punishing them, and recklessly ignoring any basic right of their existence. Furthermore the results clearly stated the violations of international human rights laws and humanitarian laws even with other causes of deaths such as torture, extrajudicial killings, and other forms of violations that are categorized under war crimes and crimes against humanity.

DCHRS demands protecting civilians according to the laws approved by the U.N in 2005. In addition since DCHRS is a member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), DCHRS appeals to the international community to practically enforce the “Responsibility to Protect”. Furthermore DCHRS calls all the international medical and humanitarian organizations to provide support, medical assistance, and relief to ease the suffering of the Syrian people inside Syria and abroad. Finally DCHRS demands to prosecute the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity and to bring them to justice.

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

3-2-2014.

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DCHRS is an independent, non-governmental organization, established in 2005, located in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Its mission is to foster a spirit of support and respect for the values and standards of human rights in Syria. As such, DCHRS recognizes and adheres to all pertinent international human rights agreements and declarations issued by the UN.

DCHRS is a member of the following international networks:

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)

NGO Coalition for the international Criminal Court

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP)

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

DCHRS worked on a variety of documentation projects. Such projects included daily casualty reports, massacre reports, and other human rights violations reports. Also DCHRS has been working on advocacy and lobbying in different human rights institutions in order to educate and acknowledge about the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria. DCHRS opened local offices in Syria in order to document, collect, and observe human rights violations on the ground. After the launch of the Syrian revolution, the center increased its activities through working, communicating, and coordinating with many members and activists. Thus the center began documenting daily violations committed by the Syrian regime forces that can be classified as crimes against humanities and war crimes. Such violations included: extrajudicial killings, massacres, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, rape, torture in prisons. DCHRS submitted those reports to many international and regional human rights organizations and communicated with the Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Syria.