Damascus Center for Human Rights studies (DCHRS) is an independent, non-governmental organization, established in 2005 in the Syrian capital of Damascus. DCHRS is registered in Washington D.C in the United States as a non-profit NGO holding 501 c 3 tax-exempt status. Its mission is to foster a spirit of support and respect for the values & 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.
The center hopes to advance the culture of human rights in Syrian society through sponsoring a range of academic and theoretically-oriented programs. These activities include detailed studies and research projects, as well as the holding of conferences, seminars, and courses that critically engage the field of human rights.
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
The Policy of the Center:
The center is not affiliated with any political activities nor does it answer to any national, international, or Arab political group.
The center undertakes studies and research projects that address Syrian legislation, Arab and international legal issues, and international human rights agreements.
DCHRS is explicitly opposed to any type of human rights violation as specified by the Syrian constitution and/or the relevant international agreements. DCHRS will monitor such violations, and attempt to eliminate their presence through all of the available legal and peaceful channels.
DCHRS realizes its mission through various means of communication, particularly the visual, audio, and written media. It also holds conferences and workshops relating to issues of human rights, democracy, and judicial independence. Periodically, the center will offer specialized training in such areas.
DCHRS cooperates with human rights organizations as well as intellectual and scientific organizations pursuing similar goals. As part of its effort to address political cases with fairness and neutrality, DCHRS supports and coordinates networking with other NGOs in and outside Syria. DCHRS also works with regional and international bodies to discuss the priorities of human rights issues in the Arab world, and formulate collective strategies regarding these issues.
In addition to the revenue derived from its occasional publications, DCHRS relies on funding from the subscription and donations of its members, Syrian citizens, and civil society organizations. DCHRS does not accept any funding from governments.