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IED attack on bus in Daraa province killed nine regime soldiers on June 20 (Photo: SOHR)

Introduction

“Reconciliation agreements” have been used by the Syrian regime as a tool of establishing control over areas formerly held by opposition forces following brutal sieges and devastating campaigns of force often directed against the civilian population. The former head of the Syrian People’s Assembly, Hadiya Abbas, described the reconciliation agreements being offered by Assad’s regime (and backed up by security guarantees from Russia) as a method of bringing former opposition-held areas back under its control as a “means to consolidate the military victories of the Syrian regime’s army”.[1] Such agreements represent one of the Syrian regime’s methods of “pacifying”…


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(Photo: GivingCompass)

The decision issued this week by the Denmark’s Refugee Appeals Board[1], which confirms earlier decision by the Danish Immigration Service[2] to deny asylum to three Syrian women from Damascus, claiming that “there is no reason to assume that everyone will be at real risk of being assaulted”, sets a dangerous precedent and needs to be repealed. The decision ignores the reality in Damascus and other areas under control of the Syrian regime, which is far from being anywhere close to conducive to return of refugees.

The original decision by the Danish Immigration Service, confirmed on Tuesday, claims that “the current…


In a disturbing trend, the Syrian regime and its allies have recently been burning agricultural lands belonging to displaced Syrians with a clear intent to cement their displacement. The systematic nature of the targeting is evident as the fires have been instigated in different areas and governorates under the control of the regime, making it impossible for the displaced to return and harvest the fields and orchards. This text provides a closer look in such incidents in Palmyra, Harasta and Al-Qusayr.

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Fires in Palmyra

The city of Palmyra is an oasis that adorns the Syrian desert, located northeast of Damascus. It is a…


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Syrian refugees outside their tents, in the Bekaa Valley town of Saadnayel, east Lebanon. (AP)

Introduction

The Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected numerous countries across the world. The loss of life, paralysis of the healthcare systems, severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods due to social distancing and other restrictive measures employed to stop the spread of the virus, have become the norm for societies on all continents. The impact of the pandemic on the economic and social spheres is yet to materialize in full force.

Amidst the crisis, there is one population that is particularly vulnerable: refugees. Exposed to the rampant spread of the virus in overcrowded camps, where social distancing measures…


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Demolished properties in Harasta (photo by Voice of Damascus)

The regime’s forces continue with demolitions of private property belonging to displaced Syrians. The units of the regime’s Fourth Division, using heavy machinery and bulldozers, several days ago demolished dozens of houses in in the city of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta.

While more than 50 homes were being demolished, Assad’s military set up checkpoints which prevented the residents from entering their homes and lands, despite obtaining security clearances earlier.

The people in the area are convinced that this action is a continuation of property seizures under the notorious Law 10, which was used to strip the displaced Syrians of their…


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Syrian refugees stuck in between Lebanese and Syrian borders at Al Masnaa

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are facing an increasingly difficult situation and there is a serious possibility that things are going to get much worse in the coming months. The deterioration of economic conditions resulting from the ongoing political crisis in Lebanon, and the additional decline of the economy caused by the spread of the Covid-19 virus, coupled with the increase of hostile and dehumanising rhetoric from the political class and media, make the Syrian refugees particularly vulnerable at this time.

In his speech on 4 May, the Lebanese President Michael Aoun named the presence of Syrian refugees in Lebanon as…


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Introduction

At a time when the countries of the world are developing strategies to face the COVID-19 pandemic and focus on saving their citizens and all who live on their territories, the Syrian regime is occupied with finding ways to use this global crisis to argue for lifting the sanctions and restrictions imposed on it as a result of the atrocities it committed. …


Idlib, 9 April 2020 — The Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity welcomes the report from the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which for the first time in nine years of the Syrian conflict explicitly confirmed that the forces of the Assad regime used chemical weapons to attack civilians in Ltamenah, in Hama governorate.

The report cites in minute detail the incidents in which Assad’s air force dropped bombs loaded with chemical weapons on civilian targets, including a hospital, in Ltamenah in March 2017, specifying that „military operations of such a strategic nature as these three attacks only occur pursuant…


Aleppo countryside, April 6, 2020 — On the fourth of April 2017, the Syrian regime carried out a chemical weapons attack in the city of Khan Sheikhoun, a town in the countryside of Hama, killing nearly a hundred civilians and wounding hundreds of others, mostly children.

On this anniversary, the Syrian Association for Citizens’s Dignity (Karama) reminds Syrians and the international community of this hideous war crime against the Syrian people. …


By Souhaib Boushi

The Assad regime has recently ramped up the effort to have sanctions imposed upon the regime officials by the United States and the EU removed under the pretext of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity and other Syrian groups have promptly warned that the sanctions do not target medical or humanitarian aid and in no way hamper the regime’s capacity to confront the pandemic effectively. …

Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity

The Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity SACD is a national grassroots civil rights-based popular movement, founded and led by displaced Syrians.

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