The Loss of Humanity: The Human Rights Dimension of the Civil War in Syria

The Loss of Humanity: The Human Rights Dimension of the Civil War in Syria

This study tries to take a picture of Syria accompanied by cross-sections reflecting sufferings of Syrian people who are turned into nothing but statistics.

We have been ashamed to witness the greatest human tragedy of the history right before our eyes in Syria, since March 2011. In fact, the Baath regime, with a terrible longstanding record of human rights violations in Syria has caused peaceful protests for freedom and democracy to erupt into a revolt first, and then into an armed struggle by using excessive violence and exercising severe violation of human rights.

Since the onset of the civil war in Syria, not only human rights are violated but also crimes of humanity are committed right before our eyes. Despite this carnage, humanity has already given up watching this heart-rending scene where chemical weapons and draconian methods of torture are used with impunity.

This study assesses the developments in Syria from March 2011 to date only and fully through a human rights perspective. If said properly, “The Loss of Humanity: The Human Rights Dimension of the Civil War in Syria” tries to take a picture of Syria accompanied by cross-sections reflecting sufferings of Syrian people who are turned into nothing but statistics. Their story has now become an entry in the chronicles of history that are gathered through individual cases from different documents. That being said, we also acknowledge and are aware of the fact that this report cannot cover the anguish felt in Syria to the fullest extent…

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