War In armed conflict, children are often deliberately targeted or not protected adequately — or both. The lives of Syrian children have been greatly affected by the conflict. Syrian children are regularly exposed to escalating violence and explosive weapon attacks.
The goal was to become a reference not only for the media, but also for all future accountability and justice-related procedures for Syria. The VDC is one of the largest human rights organisations with staff members and contacts inside Syria, with a presence in all governorates and most cities.
Its activists take great risks to document human rights and international humanitarian law violations committed by the Syrian government and other armed actors in the conflict. The VDC is a credible reference to legal and media practitioners because of its robust methodology and adherence to international legal standards regardless of the perpetrator.
Its findings are often cited by international media, the UN and other justice-related mechanisms. Mazen Darwish, were arrested. There has been no news of their whereabouts since. Husam Alkatlaby as an Executive Director, with the mandate of strategically guiding the VDC and running its daily operations.
The VDC documents violations committed by all actors in Syria regardless of ethnicity, religion, or any other characteristic. As much information as possible is documented on each violation, including its perpetrators, the place of occurrence, date of occurance, type of violation, and other statistical attributes related to the victims and violations.
Due to robust documentation methodology, publications are often delayed, and numbers are sometimes less than what is published by similar organisations due to the time needed to obtain the aforementioned details.
Stages of Data Documentation: The VDC carries out a multiple-stage process of documentation in order to achieve the highest level of accuracy. Information is gathered and documented by the data collectors, a group of human rights and field activists, as well as reporters assigned by the center in different regions.
In addition, data is collected from other reliable sources such as field hospitals, cemeteries, families of casualties, and certain media centers.
Once data credibility is established and documented in special forms, the data is sent to the database administrative team, who in turn compare the information and establish verification.
Videos, images, and any other information related to the victims are gathered in the days following the incident. This data is then presented to the data inspectors, a team that consists of specialists in different Syrian governorates. This process ensures data accuracy, correctness, and completeness before it is entered into the database.
Follow ups and updates take place on a daily and monthly basis for data entered into the database. Information is sent back to the field activists to ensure that it is free from errors. Additionally, new information and material such as photos and videos are entered.
This task is carried out by data collectors and data inspectors. Both work on collating complete lists of information on casualties in different cities and villages to be compared with information documented by the center.
The executive team regularly inspects the database to minimise errors that may have taken place while logging the data. These three stages are essential; however, they are by no means a complete mission due to the complexities of the situation in Syria, the sieges imposed on some areas, and the dire security situation activists are living in.
The VDC is registered as a non-profit organisation in Switzerland, and consists of a team of Most of the team is based in Syria and distributed among the main conflict areas and front lines, while other team members reside in neighbouring countries and Europe.
The VDC adopts strict security and confidentiality policies due to information sensitivity and security threats on staff. The VDC seeks to maintain the highest levels of accuracy and credibility, through the three documentation stages and regular checks and inspections.
The VDC documents violations committed by all actors and regardless of the characteristics of the perpetrators. The VDC seeks to document as much information about the perpetrator and victim, including civilian and non-civilian categorisation, area, date, means of death, type of violation, and other statistical characteristics related to the victims and violations.
The VDC accepts funding from only independent entities, who are impartial to armed or political actors in Syria. With the exception of the Swiss government, the VDC only accepts funds from non-governmental entities.
Razan Zaitouneh Contact us: For any inquiries regarding the database:SWITZERLAND HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT. violations, whether in the security services or elsewhere in the government. Killings. SWITZERLAND 2. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
During its sessions, the AfCHPR holds hearings on the admissibility and merits of pending complaints alleging violations of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and any other international human rights treaty. for human rights violations.1 Victims and survivors of human rights violations, even with respect to those constituting crimes under international law, have not received effective legal redress.
As the crisis enters its sixth year, the world must not forget the human realities at stake. UNICEF: Grave violations of children’s rights during armed conflicts must end.
Share. Prepared by The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR)* On April 3, , after seven years of intense negotiations, the Member States of the United Nations General Assembly, including the United States, voted overwhelmingly (–3) to adopt a . The United Nations Human Rights Council was established in to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights.
Its purpose is to promote and protect human rights around the world.