The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) has published its twenty-first annual report on the human rights situation in Syria.
The report reveals the occurrence and continuation of many abuses by all powers controlling Syrian land for the eleventh year since the uprising in 2011, but at a slower pace than previous years.
SHRC documented the killing of (1133) people compared to (1237) in 2021 and (1750) in 2022.
Explosions of unidentified origin have continued to rock Syrian land, maintaining the same rate as in 2021, with the documentation of (77) explosions this year, compared to (81) in 2021 and (100) in 2020. As of last year, most explosions took place in the Aleppo countryside, particularly in Afrin, Al-Bab and the Jarabulus regions.
SHRC also documented the assassination of three hundred and eighty-nine (389) people compared to (367) people in 2021, (348) people in 2020, (337) people in 2019 and (84) people in 2018.
The report also reveals that landmines continue to claim the lives of Syrian civilians: (119) lives were lost this year, compared to (169) deaths in 2021, (135) deaths in 2020 and (290) deaths in 2019.
SHRC’s report continues to demonstrate that (4) medical centres and hospitals were hit this year, compared to (5) in 2021 and (21) in 2020. Two medical doctors, four nurses, a civil defence staff and the head of a charitable organisation were killed, whilst three civil defence staff were also injured. Two medical doctors, a pharmacist and a nurse have been arrested.
All powers that hold control have been involved in violations of media freedom, the report has claimed. Five (5) media professionals were killed and (9) were jailed in 2022. Syria Democratic Forces and its Autonomous Administration surpassed other powers in arresting (7) media professionals followed by Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham which arrested (2).
It is worth mentioning that the Syrian Human Rights Committee – an independent human rights organisation established in London in 1997- has been issuing an annual report on human rights in Syria since 2001. It is also one of the oldest and most inclusive human rights groups focused on Syria.