SACD Review

August 2021

In Focus

Briefing: Normalisation of Horror – Security and Living Conditions in Assad-held Syria

Ten years into the Syrian conflict, the Syrian society is disintegrating further and deeper with each passing day of the continuing displacement of more than half of its population, the continuing and increasing repression and corruption of the Syrian regime, fragmentation of the country as various state and non-state actors seek to cement their presence and influence, and the complete collapse of the political process.

The Syrian Association for Citizen’s Dignity publishes a briefing on its latest report on security and living conditions in Assad-held Syria, which is yet another attempt to shrink the space for denial of the reality of the dire state of affairs in Syria among the relevant policymakers. It is the fourth such report that offers an insight into the views and perceptions of Syrians on some of the most relevant issues that must shape any conversation on the possibility of a safe, voluntary and dignified return of displaced Syrians and the eventual political solution that could offer a hope of a lasting peace in Syria.

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Syrians are neither welcome in Lebanon, nor safe in Syria

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are often scapegoated as a key reason for the government’s inability to deal with the mounting crisis. The Lebanese government has recently announced a plan to organize the return of Syrians, claiming that Syria is safe for returns. Yet forcing Syrian refugees to return violates the universal principle of non-refoulement and sends them back to an unsafe, life-threatening Syria.

The dehumanization and discrimination against Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and elsewhere, must end. Syria is not safe for any returns. Refugees are humans who deserve the right to live with dignity and safety.

Syria is not safe and Daraa is a living example

SACD’s latest study refutes any argument that claims Syria is safe. The absence of military operations is in no way an indicator of safety, as the security authorities grip and the high crimes rate makes Syrians feel less secure than ever. And Daraa is a living example.

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Demographic change in Eastern Syria carries an ominous warning for the future of the country

The practices by Assad regime in Syria to seize properties of absentees, most recently in Deir Ezzor, particularly owned by displaced people, became “de facto” as a result of the lack of seriousness of international community in dealing with this crisis. 

Diaa Abu Zaid, member of SACD’s Monitoring Unit, wrote an article explaining how these arbitrary measures allow the regime to consolidate its policies and give it the appearance of local legitimacy after the theatrical play of the last presidential elections, resulting in more obstacles to achieving rights of displaced people.


Syrian Regime Empty Promises

Campaigns of arrest and enforced disappearance are still ongoing in Syria, including against those covered by “reconciliation agreements” and those who have been included in regime-issued amnesty, highlighting a lack of any kind of security guarantee in Syria. What is happening in Daraa right now is a live example of the failure of these “reconciliation agreements” on Russia and the regime’s behalf, and their lack of commitment to building any confidence measures. One of the main key findings in SACD’s latest report indicated that Syrian regime’s and Russian guarantees mean nothing in practice.

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Report: Normalisation of Horror – Security and Living Conditions in Assad-held Syria

The intention to leave the Syrian regime-controlled areas is growing rapidly, says the latest report by the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity titled “Normalisation of Horror: Security and Living Conditions in Assad-held Syria.” This 91-page report sums up the outcomes of 533 interviews with Syrians living under Assad in different governorates and it comes as the fourth such report tracking perceptions and attitudes of both displaced Syrians and those who never left their areas.

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