Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
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|Arabic: المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان|
The logo of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
|Founder||Osama Suleiman (Rami Abdulrahman)|
|Legal status||Non profit|
|Focus||Human rights activism|
|Owner||Osama Suleiman (Rami Abdulrahman)|
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (also known as SOHR; Arabic: المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان), founded in May 2006, is an information office documenting human rights abuses in Syria, since 2011 focusing on the Syrian Civil War. The SOHR is frequently quoted by western news media since the beginning of the uprising, such as Voice of America, Reuters, BBC, CNN and National Public Radio, about daily numbers of ISIL/ISIS fighters and civilians killed in airstrikes in Syria.
The United Kingdom-based SOHR is run from his home in Coventry by Rami Abdulrahman, (sometimes referred to as Rami Abdul Rahman) a Syrian Sunni Muslim who also owns a clothes shop. After being imprisoned three times in Syria, Abdulrahman fled to the United Kingdom fearing a fourth jail term and has not returned since. The New York Times in April 2013 described him being on the phone all day every day with contacts in Syria, and checking all information himself. Born Osama Suleiman, he adopted a pseudonym during his years of activism in Syria, and has used it publicly ever since.
In a December 2011 interview with Reuters, Abdulrahman said the observatory has a network of 200 people and that six of his sources had been killed. Abdulrahman reports on events in the Syrian uprising, including the deaths of civilians, rebels and army defectors and government soldiers.
SOHR has been accused of selective reporting, covering only violent acts of the government forces against the opposition for the first two years of its existence and reporting militant anti government fighters in dead civilians tolls.
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