Most Notable Violations in May 2017
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has released a statement documenting the most notable violations perpetrated by the seven parties in May 2017. The statement is comprised with a series of reports issued in the month of May and concludes that the Syrian regime has been the most ruthless since the start of the uprising.
An estimated 964 civilians were killed in May 2017, with the largest portion of civilian deaths at the hands of international coalitions with 273 civilian deaths and Extremist Groups with a total of 268 civilians deaths. Also note worthy, is that Syrian regime forces killed an estimated 241 civilians.
The statement notes that these numbers are a change from normal monthly death tolls, where the Syrian regime and Russian forces usually perpetrate the highest civilian death tolls of the seven major parties. This may be due to the de-escalation agreement announced in early May.
The statement also outlines that a total of 18 people died from torture in May 2017, Of those deaths, 14 were at the hands of Syrian regime forces, 2 at the hands of Kurdish Forces and 2 from other parties.
This month, there were a reported 577 cases of arbitrary arrests. The largest number of arrests were by the Syrian regime forces, with a total of 423 arrests.
The statement also documents 34 massacres in May 2017. Nine at the hands of Syrian regime forces, one by Russian forces, 14 by the international coalition forces, five by ISIS, two by the Kurdish Self-Management forces and three by other parties.
Civilian targeting has led to the attack of no less than 40 vital civilian facilities this month, with 14 facilities attacked by the Syrian regime, and 11 by International coalitions.
Also in the month of May, no less than 412 Barrel Bombs were used. The Syrian Regime is still dropping barrel bombs despite the de-escalation agreement put in place in early May.
The human right violations in Syria continue despite Security Council Resolutions and the de-escalation agreement put in place. It is up to the International Community to bring these violations by all parties to an end.
Syrian Network For Human Rights