The Syrian Network for Human Rights
(No Justice without Accountability)
The Syrian Network for Human Rights is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental, non-profit organization who doesn’t work by any ideology. SNHR was founded in June 2011, and works on documenting human rights violations in Syria and defending the human rights of the Syrian human being at the international level. SNHR was founded through an initiative by Mr. Fadel Abdul Ghany who is currently the chairman of the board of directors.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights adheres adheres to all the standards and international conventions on Human Rights issued by the United Nations.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights documents violations committed by the parties to the conflict against the Syrian people. SNHR aims to ensure that victims’ rights are not exploited and perpetrators are exposed for their crimes as a first step towards holding them accountable in order to deter them or anyone like them from committing similar acts in the future. Also, SNHR aspires to commemorate the victims who have fallen in notable massacres, and the prominent activists in the field of human rights, and in the fields of medicine, media, humanitarian relief, and the civil field among others, as SNHR believes that these activities are of the utmost importance for the march towards transitional justice, because there is no stability without justice.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights desires to promote the culture of human rights in the Syrian community, in the hopes of raising its awareness of its civil and political rights through the Network’s documenting and human rights efforts, and its various publications, in addition to training a group of Syrians on human rights work and its various fields, hoping that someday every Syrian will enjoy all of his legal and constitutional rights.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights depends, in achieving its goals, on publishing different kinds of documentation reports via different media outlets, such as its website, traditional and new media outlets, printouts, seminars, meetings, and through participating in United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s sessions. SNHR communicates with various media and decisions- makers and focuses on collaborating with different Syrian and international civil and human rights organizations, especially the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights and their Special Rapporteurs.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights issues lists of the most notable daily violations, eight statistical monthly reports, yearly reports on global human rights occasions, and a comprehensive yearly report for all the violations that occurred in Syria. SNHR also issues special studies and reports on exceptional and special issues. Furthermore, SNHR releases all of its reports and studies in written and video forms on a regular basis in the hopes of raising awareness and to reach the widest group possible.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights hopes that Syria will become a modern and sovereign state with an active and vibrant civil society where all people have equal rights and obligations, where they are free to decide what they want, thus achieving democracy, justice, peace, and security, as freedom is the basis of the existence of the state itself as the framework that manifests the people’s will.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights is considered one of the most distinguished and prominent sources of information and references for all the analytical and statistical studies issued by the United Nations. Also, SNHR reports are highly credible to number of Arab and International news agencies and regional and international human rights organizations. All of these groups rely on SNHR’s studies as references in their reports and analyses on human rights in Syria.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights is a member of the International Coalition for the Responsbility to Protect (ICRtoP), the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights, and a member of the Transitional Justice Coordination Group.