Short Course on Options – Getting to Square 1

Do You Know of Civilian Abuse in Syria

During the civil war in Syria, it was reported by the United Nations that numerous and serious human rights violations happened. The war was reported by the United Nations as that kind of war devoid of compliance to the norms set by the international law, leading to sufferings of civilians that cannot be measured as a result of warring parties.

Most of the abuses on human rights violations were said to be committed by the Syrian government, although according to different human rights organizations and the United Nations, human rights violations can be traced back to the doings of both rebels and the government.

Aside from the conduct of torture and extrajudicial killings, the Assad regime was blamed of using chlorine gas as chemical weapons against the civilians. There is also an accusation to Assad for “indiscriminate and disproportionate aerial bombardment and shelling” that spread terror and led to massive casualties of civilians. Other war crimes like recruiting child soldiers, taking hostages and murdering of religious minorities, and poison gas inflicted on civilians, were reported to have been done by the Free Syrian Army.

Many news and writers cover the subject about Syria, especially with its atrocities beyond imagination, and most of us have seen and heard painfully the bloody conflict after three years that showed abuses of any kind, rape and physical assaults on women and other painful incidents that make people to write and make news about Syria’s conditions.

News about the conditions in Syria are considered disheartening, with houses, schools, water systems and so on being reduced to rubble, and with 80,000 Syrians dead among which were thousands of children.

If you get to visit a refugee camp in Lebanon, you will see a daunting sight, with people living inside boxes, covering themselves with whatever small pieces of fabric to help them fight the winter cold, and children’s eyes of despair staring at you.

You will hear from women how they lost in just matters of seconds their homes, their lives, careers and practically everything. Women telling how they lost their brothers, husbands and sons in this Syrian war, and how they were traumatized because they were being raped. Before they had careers and happy and peaceful lives, but they want nothing else now than just peace.

Syria and Iran considered themselves as strategic allies and this is a fact that explained how supportive is and why there is presence of Iran in Syria in many ways. According to some sources, Iran has given aid to the Syrian government during the Syrian civil war since 20111, through the Iranian revolutionary guard that increased and strengthened the ability of Syria in dealing with protesters, aside from the riot control equipment that they sent and givng techniques to monitor intelligence.