• Press release
    Dec 17, 2010
    Syrian authorities should not prosecute a political activist for statements criticizing Iran's 2009 presidential election and should release him immediately.
  • Press release
    Nov 12, 2010
    Syria's prison authorities should immediately transfer women detained in the predominantly male `Adra prison to a facility for women. The authorities are holding at least 12 women among an estimated 7,000 men.
  • Press release
    Nov 4, 2010
    Eight leading human rights organizations today called on the Syrian government to guarantee the safety of Muhannad al-Hassani, a human rights defender serving a three-year prison term, after he was assaulted last week in ‘Adra prison, Damascus.
  • Press release
    Sep 20, 2010
    The Syrian government should immediately release Tal al-Mallohi, a 19-year-old high school student and blogger held incommunicado without charge for nine months.
  • Press release
    Aug 13, 2010
    President Bashar al-Asad of Syria should immediately release from prison the prominent lawyer and human rights activist Haytham al-Maleh.
  • Press release
    Jul 23, 2010
    The Syrian authorities should release Ziad Ramadan, whom the Syrian authorities falsely claim is detained so he can be interviewed by the international body investigating the assassination of Rafic Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon.
  • Commentary
    Jul 16, 2010
    Exactly a decade ago, a 34-year-old Bashar al-Assad stood before Syria's parliament and spoke of "the desperate need for constructive criticism", "transparency" and "democracy". Many Syrians believed the young president's promises in his inaugural speech, setting off a short-lived outpouring of discussion about the need for reform. But they paid a heavy price for their trust in Assad's words, because those who spoke out ended up in jail.
  • Press release
    Jul 16, 2010
    President Bashar al-Asad has not delivered on his promises to increase public freedoms and improve his government's human rights record during a decade in power, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today on the eve of the anniversary of his accession to power.
  • Press release
    Jun 19, 2010
    Syrian authorities should immediately drop any new charges against the political activist Ali al-`Abdallah for his peaceful political expression and immediately release him.
  • Press release
    May 7, 2010
    The decision to present the prestigious Martin Ennals Award this year to the lawyer and rights activist Muhanad al-Hasani, who has been detained by Syrian authorities since last July, should help focus international attention on Syria’s systematic repression of human rights activists.
  • Press release
    Mar 26, 2010
    Syrian authorities should conduct an independent investigation into the shootings by security forces on March 21, 2010, that left at least one person dead and others wounded at a Kurdish New Year celebration in Northern Syria.
  • Press release
    Mar 11, 2010
    Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign relations chief, should raise human rights concerns with Syrian officials during her visit next week and seek specific commitments to improve their record, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Press release
    Jan 26, 2010
    Middle East governments repressed efforts to promote human rights and backed away from bold reforms despite growing human rights challenges and promises to take action.