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Syria Resources

Welcome to the Center for Middle East Studies' Syria resources page, where you will find the latest human rights reports on the Syrian conflict from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the United Nations' Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

human rights watch

January 30, 2014: "Razed to the Ground: Syria's Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in 2012-2013"

October 10, 2013: "'You Can Still See Their Blood': Executions, Indiscriminate Shootings and Hostage Taking by Opposition Forces in Latakia Countryside"

September 13, 2013: "'No One's Left': Summary Executions by Syrian Forces in al-Bayda and Baniyas." 

September 10, 2013: "Attacks on Ghouta: Analysis of Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria." 

June 5, 2013: "Safe No More: Students and Schools under Attack in Syria"

April 10, 2013: "Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes on Civilians"

July 3, 2012: "Torture Archipelago: Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances in Syria's Underground Prisons since March 2011"

May 2, 2012: "They Burned My Heart': War Crimes in Northern Idlib during Peace Plan Negotiations"

April 9, 2012: "In Cold Blood: Summary Executions by Syrian Security Forces and Pro-Government Militias"

December 15, 2011: "'By All Means Necessary!': Individual and Command Responsibility for Crimes against Humanity in Syria"

November 11, 2011: "We Live as in War': Crackdown on Protesters in the Government in the Governorate of Homs"

Amnesty international

November 5, 2015: State Profits from Crimes Against Humanity as Policy of Enforced Disappearances Drives Black Market

October 7, 2015: Hungary's Violations of the Rights of Refugees

October 7, 2015: Turkey Must Protect Released Syrian Refugees

September 21, 2014: Refugees Need Safe Access to Protection (Statement to EU Summit)

September 4, 2014: Syrian Refugee Crisis in Numbers

July 6, 2015: Violations Against Refugees in Macedonia, Serbia, and Hungary

June 15, 2015: The Global Refugee Crisis: A Conspiracy of Neglect

June 15, 2015: Syrian Refugees Face Increased Restrictions in Lebanon

April 21, 2015: Europe's Sinking Shame: The Failure to Save Refugees and Migrants at Sea

Feb 4, 2015: Hardship, Hope, and Resettlement: Refugees from Syria Tell Their Stories

December 5, 2015: Left Out in the Cold: Syrian Refugees Abandoned by the International Community

November 20, 2015: Struggling to Survive: Refugees from Syria in Turkey

September 30, 2015: Refugees and Migrants in Peril in Central Mediterranean

July 9, 2015: The Human Cost of Fortress Europe

July 2014: Denied Refuge: Palestinians from Syria Seeking Safety in Lebanon 

May 21,2014: Agonizing Choices: Syrian Refugees in Need of Health Care in Lebanon

April 29, 2014: Greece: Refugees Pushed Back at Europe's Border

March 10, 2014: Squeezing the Life Out of Yarmouk: War Crimes Against Besieged Civilians

December 19, 2013: Rule of Fear: ISIS Abuses in Detention in Northern Syria

December 13, 2013: An International Failure: The Syrian Refugee Crisis

October 30, 2013: Growing Restrictions, Tough Conditions: The Plight of Those Fleeing Syria to Jordan

October 17, 2013: 'We Cannot Live Here Any More:' Refugees from Syria in Egypt

July 26, 2013: Syria: Civilians in al-Baydah and Banias exposed to summary executions

May 3, 2013: Syria: Shooting the messenger: Journalists targeted by all sides in Syria

April 25. 2013: Turkey: National authorities and the international community must act in partnership to meet the needs of Syrian refugees

March 14, 2013: Syria: Government bombs rain on civilians

March 14, 2013: Syria: Summary killings and other abuses by armed opposition groups

September 19, 2012: Syria: Indiscriminate attacks terrorize and displace civilians

October 3, 2011: Syria: The long reach of the Mukhabaraat: Violence and harassment against Syrians abroad and their relatives back home

August 31, 2011: Syria: Deadly detention: Deaths in custody amid popular protest in Syria

July 6, 2011: Syria: Crackdown in Syria: Terror in Tell Kalakh

Independent international commission of inquiry on the syrian arab republic (UN)

September 13, 2013: Conference Paper-Assault on Medical Care in Syria

September 11, 2013: 6th Report of Commission of Inquiry on Syria

June 4, 2013: 5th Report of Commission of Inquiry on Syria

February 5, 2013: 4th Report of Commission of Inquiry on Syria

August 15, 2012: 3rd Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

February 22, 2012: 2nd Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

November 23, 2011: 1st Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

Miscellaneous Reports

April 14, 2014: Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-treatment in the Syrian Arab Republic

March 2014: UNICEF: Under Siege: The Devastating Impact on Children of Three Years of Conflict in Syria

February 2014: Mapping the Conflict in Aleppo, Syria

January 31, 2014: "A Year in Review: UNHCR Syria 2013" 

January 20, 2014: A Report into the Credibility of Certain Evidence with Regard to Torture and Execution of Persons Incarcerated by the Current Syrian Regime