More than 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. Almost two million have been forced to flee the country, most now living in refugee camps in neighbouring states. At least four million more have had to leave their homes because of the fighting and have become refugees in their own country.

Despite all this, remarkable numbers of journalists, civil society activists and human rights defenders in Syria continue working despite the perils they face.

As the conflict in Syria deepens, IWPR is extending its long-running programme to strengthen independent local voices and contribute to accountability and human rights in this extremely dangerous environment. 

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Moroccan army colonel Ahmed Himmiche, head of the UN Military Observers team deployed in Syria, is approached by Homs resident as he and his officers patrol the city. (UN Photo/Neeraj Singh)
1 May 2012
Rate of shelling has fallen since United Nations team arrived in the area, but locals fear government forces will hit back with a vengeance when monitors leave.
25 Apr 2012
Opposition may be diverse, but it shares common distress about the past and hope for the future.
Armoured Vehicles for Syrian Observer Group Arrive in Beirut. (UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz)
20 Apr 2012
Number of monitors too small to affect regime’s actions.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is leading a joint UN-Arab League peace effort for Syria. (Photo: Geirix/WikiCommons)
16 Apr 2012
Critics of peace plan warn it might give President Bashar al-Assad breathing space to consolidate control.
26 Mar 2012
As Sunni Islamists gain political power, minority faiths are likely to be vulnerable.
Destruction of villages in Jabal al-Zawiyya area of Idlib province, northwestern Syria. (Photo: IWPR)
26 Mar 2012
Local activist describes destruction in villages and indiscriminate killing.
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