Issue Brief: Civilian Protection in Syria (December 2012)

This short issue brief provides general background information on the civilian protection mindset of Syria’s armed opposition, as well as recommendations for governments and others considering providing weapons to the rebels. It is not an exhaustive guide, but rather a rough assessment meant to highlight critical issues and civilians protection concerns as they pertain to the rebels. Research for this brief was conducted during two field missions to assess civilian protection issues associated with the Syrian conflict. First, in June and July 2012, CIVIC staff traveled to Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to assess pressing humanitarian and protection concerns facing civilians fleeing Syria. CIVIC also began assessing the impact of the armed opposition’s tactics on the civilian population inside Syria. CIVIC staff returned to the region in September 2012, including travel into Syria, to dig deeper into rebel factions’ civilian protection mind set.  Most interviewees requested anonymity. 

Associated Image on website courtesty Nicole Tung/Center for Civilians in Conflict.



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