• Remnants of refrigerant canister found by Syria Civil Defence among the remnants of a barrel bomb dropped by Syrian government forces on Sarmin on March 16, 2015.
    Evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces used toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks in Idlib governorate between March 16 and 31, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Syrian rescue workers reported that these attacks affected at least 206 people, including 20 civil defense workers. One attack killed six civilians, including three children. The attacks violated the Chemical Weapons Convention and a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Reports

Syria

  • Jun 24, 2015
    European Union leaders should make an unambiguous and united commitment to ensuring that people fleeing war and persecution will find refuge in Europe. Heads of state from the 28 EU countries will meet in Brussels on June 25 and 26, 2015, to discuss European Commission proposals for a “European Agenda on Migration.”
  • Jun 22, 2015
    Large numbers of children from war-torn countries, often traveling alone, are fleeing abuses in their home countries to seek safety in the European Union.
  • Jun 19, 2015
    Human rights abuses in their home countries are the driving force behind the surge in boat migration in the Mediterranean to reach Europe. EU leaders should put human rights at the heart of its response. EU leaders will meet on June 25 and 26, 2015, to discuss European Commission proposals toward a “European Migration Agenda.”
  • Jun 17, 2015
    Um Ghassan was eleven in 1948 when her family fled Haifa. They joined the Palestinian exodus to Jordan, and later moved to Syria. “They welcomed us like we were their relatives,” she said. Decades later, when fighting broke out in Syria in 2011, Um Ghassan initially stayed in her house. “I would never leave my home,” she told me. But after bombing destroyed part of it, she had no choice. She fled to Yarmouk, an urban camp on the southern edge of Damascus, where Palestinians were settled after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. “We thought Yarmouk was safe—all Palestinian refugees. No one would attack it.”
  • Jun 17, 2015
    This Saturday (20 June), on World Refugee Day, there will be much well-deserved appreciation of Syria’s neighbours for hosting nearly 4 million refugees.
  • Jun 3, 2015

    The Syrian government renewed its use of apparent toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks in Idlib governorate in April and May 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch interviewed local doctors and first aid responders to the sites of three attacks and analyzed photographs and videos of weapon remnants. The attacks were in violation of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, the laws of armed conflict, and a 2015 United Nations Security Council resolution.

  • Jun 3, 2015
    Jordanian authorities have severely restricted informal border crossings in the eastern part of the country since late March, 2015, stranding hundreds of Syrians in remote desert areas just inside Jordan’s border.
  • Apr 28, 2015
    To mark the 38th birthday (on April 29) of missing human rights defender and lawyer Razan Zaitouneh, head of the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC), winner of the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award of RAW in WAR (Reach All Women In War), the undersigned human rights organizations today reiterate their call for her immediate release, as well as that of her missing colleagues Samira Khalil, Nazem Hamadi and Wa’el Hamada.
  • Apr 13, 2015
    Evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces used toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks in Idlib governorate between March 16 and 31, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Syrian rescue workers reported that these attacks affected at least 206 people, including 20 civil defense workers. One attack killed six civilians, including three children. The attacks violated the Chemical Weapons Convention and a United Nations Security Council resolution.
  • Mar 22, 2015
    Opposition armed groups in Syria have indiscriminately attacked civilians in government-held territory with car bombs, mortars, and rockets, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The attacks have killed and maimed hundreds of civilians and destroyed civilian infrastructure in violation of the laws of war.