The peaceful protest movement that started in 2011 progressively turned into an armed conflict, as warring parties multiplied and regional and international involvement grew.
Torture, rape, forced disappearances, summary executions and other blatant violations of international humanitarian law have been routinely committed by the Syrian government. Numerous armed groups, including the “Islamic State’’ have increasingly perpetrated gross violations. Atrocities go on unabated in total impunity. This has forced millions to leave their homes, triggering an unprecedented humanitarian refugee crisis across the region.
Despite brutal repression, Syrian human rights organisations have maintained their activities, documenting violations and crimes, essential for redress and peace. EuroMed Rights has been closely monitoring the situation of human rights in Syria and actively promoting the emergence of a vibrant human rights movement to combat impunity and promote respect for human rights. This commitment has been translated into actions to protect human rights defenders, capacity building of human rights groups and providing space where Syrian activists can interact with their local, regional and international peers.