Introduction  More than seven years have passed since the conflict in Syria began, yet violations against the vulnerable children are still going on. All parties to the conflict have perpetually killed, recruited, and placed many children in combat roles. Pursuant to the Security Council resolution 2225 of 2015, the UN Secretary-General is to submit inclusive annual reports on children and armed conflicts. This report sheds the light on the number of children recruited or used in forced labor in 2018 by the regime and the opposition. STJ's field researchers met...
Introduction  Landmines laid in Hawd al-Yarmouk area by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid/ISIS[1] rebel group, before being expelled by the regime forces in early August 2018, became a serious concern of the population there, as they continue to take lives, according to STJ’s field researcher who reported more than 25 mine civilian casualties, from early August to mid-September 2018, which stops many of those who earlier fled Hawd al-Yarmouk from returning. Backed by reserve forces[2], the Syrian troops managed to control Hawd al-Yarmouk on August 1, 2018,  and to...
Introduction Mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) pose a pressing danger to civilians, especially the children. In June 2018, three children were injured with wounds of varying degrees following the detonation of several explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the Autonomous Administration-controlled Ras al-Ayn/Sari Kani city and its countryside[1].  On June 28, 2018, a 9-year-old kid was injured due to the explosion of a hand grenade near Ras al-Ayn/Sari Kani, preceded by another incident on June 19, 2018, when two other children were injured due to the explosion of a...
Preface: Violations against media men and journalists in northern and southern Syria increased significantly during April and May 2018, where on Thursday May 17, 2018, unidentified assailants assassinated the media activist Ibrahim al-Manjar, by shooting him near his home in Saida town, in Daraa eastern countryside, under the control of the Syrian armed opposition. Many eyewitnesses told STJ that “ISIL” is likely to be behind that assassination. On May 17, 2018, "Alaa al-Abdullah", director of the Media Institute at Idlib University, was arrested by members of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham/HTS