A Joint Document on the Issue of Detention in Syria A Group of Syrian Human Rights Organizations


Before It Is Too Late, is a framework document that examines the various aspects of the issue of detention is Syria, and offers practical proposals on how to address this issue within a set of legal and human rights parameters. This is a living, non-final document and a joint project, which shall not be owned or used by any one party; rather, it is intended to serve detainees in Syria.


This document provides a modest reference for Syrian and non-Syrian politicians, legal and human rights experts, and all those concerned with detention in Syria on various political and legal levels. This document has come as a response to the urgent need for information to dispel the ambiguity surrounding the issue of detention in Syria, simplify the complexities, and communicate the concerns of detainees’ families and Syrian society at large in a way that offers some expertise that may contribute to addressing this issue. Towards that end, the working group was keen on including the necessary simplified legal background and making use of practical field experience.

Who We Are?

We are a group of Syrian human rights organizations who have worked jointly on developing the first edition of this document. We seek to include more organizations in the future to develop a more comprehensive and informative document.

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