Syria: Government Likely Culprit in Chemical Attack
Available evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces were responsible for chemical weapons attacks on two Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013. These attacks, which killed hundreds of civilians including many children, appeared to use a weapons-grade nerve agent, most likely Sarin.
Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo are partnering to report on a dramatically changing region in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. With the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s support, Human Rights Watch is documenting rights violations and pressing new governments to remedy them, while World Press Photo is training the region’s next generation of visual journalists.
Former detainees and defectors have identified the locations, agencies responsible, torture methods used, and, in many cases, the commanders in charge of 27 detention facilities run by Syrian intelligence agencies.
Syria's Torture Centers Revealed
July 2, 2012
At least 147 people whose bodies were found in the city of Aleppo's river between January and March, 2013, were probably executed in government-controlled areas.
Syria: A Stream of Bodies in Aleppo's River
June 4, 2013
The Syrian government has interrogated students and carried out violent assaults on their protests and military attacks on schools, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.