• Syria’s armed conflict escalated further as the government and pro-government militias intensified their attacks on heavily populated areas. Government forces continued to use deadly and indiscriminate weapons and impose siege estimated to affect thousands of civilians. ISIS, and al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, were also responsible for massive human rights violations from killing to kidnapping to imposing discriminatory rules on women and girls and recruiting child soldiers. The spread and intensification of fighting led to a dire humanitarian crisis with millions internally displaced or seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
  • Relatives mourn as a man carries the body of a dead boy in a blanket at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Sheikh Khodr area in Aleppo on September 30, 2014.
    The Syrian government has carried out hundreds of new indiscriminate attacks over the past year with air-delivered munitions, including improvised weapons such as barrel bombs. The attacks have had a devastating impact on civilians, killing or injuring thousands of people.

Reports

Syria

  • Feb 24, 2015
    The Syrian government has carried out hundreds of new indiscriminate attacks over the past year with air-delivered munitions, including improvised weapons such as barrel bombs. The attacks have had a devastating impact on civilians, killing or injuring thousands of people.
  • Feb 18, 2015
    Six months and 16,000 airstrikes into the campaign to defeat the Islamic State, with less than 1% of the territory it held in Iraq recovered, an honest accounting leads to only one conclusion: The U.S.-led strategy is failing.
  • Feb 16, 2015
    The Syrian government should immediately free the prominent Syrian human rights defenders Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani, and Hussein Gharir, 71 human rights groups said today, on the third anniversary of their arrest. The three men have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty on the basis of their human rights activities.
  • Feb 12, 2015
    The Free Syrian Voices coalition today announced its “Hearts in Our Hands” campaign to call for the release of peaceful Syrian activists held both by the Syrian government and armed groups. The coalition was formed to coordinate the efforts of six international human rights organizations for detained Syrian human rights defenders and activists.
  • Feb 10, 2015
  • Feb 10, 2015
    The US-led campaign against Islamic State isn’t working. It won’t unless it addresses Shia sectarianism in Iraq and Assad’s atrocities in Syria.
  • Dec 30, 2014
    It’s been a year of searing images of horrifying mass civilian injury and death, from Gaza to eastern Ukraine. The world must set standards to curb resort to weapons with wide-area effects where many civilians are at risk.
  • Dec 23, 2014
    The Syrian government is indiscriminately attacking the al-Waer neighborhood in Homs, the last neighborhood of the city still in the hands of rebels, with devastating consequences for the civilian population.
  • Dec 15, 2014
    Any approach to Syria should be judged by its ability to stop the daily abuses against civilians. Advocates of local ceasefires must strive for a balance between immediate relief from the daily suffering and commitment to basic rights and the aspirations of Syrians.
  • Dec 12, 2014
    Chairman Wolf, Chairman McGovern, members of the Commission: thank you for inviting me to testify today. This is an important hearing. I would like to share some insights from my recent trip to Iraq where the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, is one, but not the only entity, perpetrating gross and widespread violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.