alert status: Genocide Emergency


Genocide stage: 9- Extermination


Warring forces:

  • the al-Assad regime and its allied militias

  • Turkey and its allied Militias

  • Russia

  • the Free Syrian Army

  • Islamic State (Daesh/ ISIS)


Current situation:

  • Tenth year of Syrian crisis

  • ongoing hostilities

  • Continued displacement of civilians

  • Turkey is forcibly resettling refugees into land once occupied by Christians and Kurds

  • ethnic and religious minorities, including Kurds, Christians, Druze, Shi’a Muslims, Alawites, and Yazidis, are targets of violence


Syria GEnocide Emergency Alert September 2020

IMAGE:  (L-R) Professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law David Crane, United Nations Representative from France Gerard Araud, and forensic pathologist Dr. Stuart Hamilton give a report on allegations of torture in Syria at the United Nations on April 15, 2014 in New York City. About 55,000 pictures were taken of victims during the Syrian civil war, which by that point had claimed the lives of about 150,000 peo...

September 23, 2020

Syria's ten-year civil war has killed more than 400,000 people, including over 116,000 civilians. Six million Syrians are internally displaced. Five million more fled Syria and became refugees. Military interventions by Russia, the U.S., and Turkey have prolonged the war.  


The Assad regime tortures and murders its opponents. Syrian prisons killed up to 13,000 prisoners in just four years according to Amnesty International....

The Syrian Bedouin community has been displaced and has lost much of its livelihood due to the conflict.

Syrian Bedouins roast coffee beans in a camp during a gathering near the town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region, near the capital Damascus on February 8, 2017 [File: AFP/Amer Almohibany]

For centuries, Bedouin tribes moved around the vast semi-arid steppe land in Syria, searching for water and pasture for their herds...

Statement by Genocide Watch to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom

In 2018 Turkish armed forces invaded and took control of the northern Syrian region of Afrin, which was largely populated by Kurds, Yazidis, Christians, and other minority groups. The Turks and their allied militias drove hundreds of thousands of people out of Afrin, many of whom sought refuge in northeastern Syria, governed by the Autonomous Ad...

Turkish soldiers on tank in in the border town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, Oct. 11, 2019. Photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer.

Turkey’s transfer of Syrian families to Tell Abyad from Afrin has reignited worries of demographic engineering in northern Syria.

Turkey has transferred hundreds of people to the northeastern Syrian town of Tell Abyad from the Turkish-controlled Operation Euphrates Shield region, stunning many fa...

April 28, 2020

Desecrated Yezidi graves in Afrin, Syria cemetery.  credit: Edzina Foundation

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish-backed armed groups continue to desecrate property belonging to the Yezidi minority in Afrin, northern Syria. 

Cemeteries, religious shrines and Yezidi cemeteries in Afrin have been destroyed, stolen and looted by armed groups, according to local activists.

The Ezdina Foundation, which monitors abuses in Afrin in ge...

Syrian defendant Anwar Raslan arrives at court in Germany for an unprecedented trial on state-sponsored torture. (Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images)

BERLIN — The German town of Koblenz, which straddles a confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, lies some 2,000 miles from Syria. But on Thursday, its regional court began to hear a landmark case against two alleged former Syrian regime officials.

German prosecutors used the princip...

April 20, 2020

Turkish-backed Syrian proxy fighters loot businesses in Afrin, March 24, 2020. File photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Since the Turkish invasion of January 2018, the Kurdish population of Afrin, northwest Syria, has fallen by more than 60 percent, according to a local rights group. 

Thousands of indigenous Kurds were forced to flee the area when Turkish forces and their Syrian militia proxies launched Operation Olive Branch...

Kafr Nabl Surgical Hospital in Syria has been repeatedly hit during the war, leading it to move underground. On May 5, Russian airstrikes caused further damage. Credit...Omar Haj Kadour/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A United Nations investigation into attacks on humanitarian sites in Syria concluded in a report released on Monday that the Syrian government or its allies had committed most of them — but failed to name Russ...

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Syria’s war ended up in Idlib city. But with the front line just five miles away, the city may not be a refuge much longer.

About 100 displaced families live in a temporary shelter in a soccer stadium in Idlib city. The city is likely to be the Syrian government’s next target.  Credit...Ivor Prickett for The New York Times

IDLIB, Syria — Before the war in Syria, Idlib city, with its tree-l...

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