SNHR submits report including most notable violations it has recorded over four years, as part of its participation in the Universal Periodic Review of Syria


Paris – Declaration of the Syrian Network for Human Rights:

I. For the second time since the start of the popular uprising in March 2011, SNHR is participating in the universal periodic review mechanism:

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council (HRC), through which it examines the human rights files of all UN Member States, which takes place a times every four years. The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) participated in the 2016 UPR on Syria by submitting a special report based on SNHR data and participating in the drafting of joint reports with other organizations of the Syrian Arab Republic. defense of human rights and civil society organizations.
Four years later, the time has come for the 2021 UPR on Syria, with SNHR submitting a report on July 14 to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as part of our contribution as ‘Other stakeholders’ to documents. for the third cycle of the UPR, which will contribute to the synthesis presented by OHCHR at the fortieth session, to be held in January and February 2022.

The UPR report is based on the report prepared by the State under review, a compilation of United Nations information on the State under review prepared by OHCHR and a report submitted by civil society actors, also prepared by OHCHR.

The Syrian regime has submitted two national reports during the two previous cycles of the UPR. The second report (2016) focused on holding what it called “terrorists” responsible for the violations taking place in Syria, and attributed the deteriorating situation of Syrian citizens and the negative impact on their enjoyment of their rights, in particular in the areas of development, work and a decent standard of living, to unilateral coercive measures. This is a predictable standard policy for the regime, which has consistently denied all of its egregious violations and prevented UN committees of inquiry, including the Independent International Commission of Inquiry (IOC), from enter its territory. Based on the large amount of daily data that we have documented over the past four years, which we relied on to submit the report, the Syrian regime has violated all human rights treaties it has ratified, and all binding customary laws, in a broad and systematic manner, with certain violations, including torture, enforced disappearances and forced displacement, amounting to crimes against humanity, which has been confirmed by IOC reports and international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and others.

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