As violence and systematic human rights abuses continue by the Syrian government regime forces, DCHRS documented in the month of May, 2014 a total of 2422 victims who were killed by regime forces and their loyal militias in addition to other armed groups. 71% of them were civilians reaching a total of 1729 victims; however the other 693 remaining victims were armed opposition forces and rebels accumulating a rate of 29% approximately.
DCHRS documented a total of 290 children victims at a rate of 12% of the total victims. Additionally, the number of documented women was 131 victims at a rate of 5%.
DCHRS analyzed that the main cause of death for 1164 victims was indiscriminate shelling and airstrikes targeting the residential areas in addition to 130 who were killed by sniping and indiscriminate shooting. Furthermore; the cases of extrajudicial killings and field executions that were perpetrated by regime’s forces resulted in the death of three victims. In addition, the total number of victims who were tortured to death inside the prisons and the detentions centers of the Syrian security authorities was 306 victims. The number of victims who were killed by armed groups such as ISIL and other armed groups is 54 and 44 were killed by unknown source of bullets. Moreover, the number of people who were killed due to starvation and the imposed siege is 28.
The province of Aleppo, which is witnessing a reckless barrels-assault by the regime, recorded highest number of casualties totaling in 826 where 675 (82%) of them were civilians. Finally the center documented five non-Syrian victims from other nationalities who were fighting with Syrian Armed oppositions.
DCHRS learned that the Syrian regime forces continue to target civilians and they use direct brutal violence against them. As a result the number of civilians reached 71% of the total number of victims. Also since about 52% of the death cases were caused by shelling, missiles, barrel bombs, and airstrikes. DCHRS indicates and stresses that such high number of casualties in correlation to the cruel cause of deaths are obvious evidences that the Syrian regime forces are intentionally targeting civilians, ruthlessly punishing them, and recklessly ignoring any basic right of their existence. Furthermore the results clearly stated the violations of international human rights laws and humanitarian laws even with other causes of deaths such as torture, extrajudicial killings, and other forms of violations that are categorized under war crimes and crimes against humanity.
DCHRS demands protecting civilians according to the laws approved by the U.N in 2005. In addition since DCHRS is a member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), DCHRS appeals to the international community to practically enforce the “Responsibility to Protect”. Furthermore DCHRS calls all the international medical and humanitarian organizations to provide support, medical assistance, and relief to ease the suffering of the Syrian people inside Syria and abroad. Finally DCHRS demands to prosecute the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity and to bring them to justice.
Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)