Normalisation of Horror: Key Findings

  • Large number of Syrians feel unsafe, with the perception of safety heavily tied to the area’s perceived threat to the regime. 
  • Syrians still want to see a political solution to the crisis.
  • Detainees and their desperate families face uncertainty and are bribed and extorted.
  • Syrian regime’s and Russian guarantees mean nothing in practice.
  • Corruption is rampant, and it is spreading at an increasing rate, with perceptions of corruption growing exponentially larger in the last year relative to the previous eight year period 
  • Those who live in regime areas don’t necessarily support them or their policies. 
  • People think it’s not safe for return but think return is a necessary thing for the future for the country and any political settlement 
  • Living conditions have declined, with purchasing power plummeting and living costs rising.
  • Covid-19 has been rife, with protection hard to find and skewed based on the area’s perceived threat to the regime.
  • Despite the fact the regime’s narratives on the Caesar act have some traction, and people do think Caesar has impacted their lives, a very high number are under no illusions why the sanctions exist and a very surprising number would endure further pain from sanctions if it is used to bring about lasting change
Key findings
  • Feeling Safe

    Large number of Syrians feel unsafe, with the perception of safety heavily tied to the area's perceived threat to the regime

  • Extortion and Detentions

    Detainees and their desperate families face uncertainty and are forced to pay bribes and extorted.

  • Syrian Regime Empty Promises

    Syrian regime’s and Russian guarantees mean nothing in practice.

  • Sanctions and Caesar Act

    Despite the fact the regime's narratives on the Caesar act have some traction, and people do think Caesar has impacted their lives, a very high number are under no illusions why the sanctions exist and a very surprising number would endure further pain from sanctions if it is used to bring about lasting change.

  • Corruption

    Corruption is rampant, and it is spreading at an increasing rate, with perceptions of corruption growing exponentially larger in the last year relative to the previous eight year period.