Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC)
Last update of this source description: 17 December 2008, current as at 22 January 2011.
“The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) is an independent and neutral human rights organisation concerned fundamentally with defending general liberties and human rights of the Syrian people through several practices.” (SHRC Website, http://www.shrc.org/data/aspx/d8/358.aspx, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Syrian public, international media, authorities, international human rights community.
“Exposing the violations, assaults and aggressions against human rights and fundamental liberties of the Syrian citizens and publishing such incidents to the international media, addressing authorities, and following-up on such reported incidents with all concerned entities.” (SHRC Website, http://www.shrc.org/data/aspx/d8/358.aspx, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Campaigning for the release of political prisoners.
No information available.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Syrian Arab Republic.
Thematic focus: General human rights situation, political detainees, massacres, prison conditions, torture, Kurds, repressive laws.
“Conducting researches and publishing books and studies related to fundamental liberties and human rights in Syria utilizing scientific research methodologies and investigative verification.”
In-country presence: “Until SHRC is permitted to open a head office in Damascus and branches in the Syrian provinces, SHRC will be temporarily based in London.” (SHRC Website, http://www.shrc.org/data/aspx/d8/358.aspx, accessed on 17 December 2008)
No details on reporting methodology published, generally no quoting of primary sources in reports and other publications.
“Annual Report on Human Rights in Syria”: Annually.
Other reports: Occasionally.
Press releases: Regularly, depending on the events reported.