There was no significant change in Syrian human rights policy and practice in 2010. Authorities continued to broadly violate the civil and political rights of citi- zens, arresting political and human rights activists, censoring websites, detaining bloggers, and imposing travel bans. Emergency rule, imposed in 1963, remains in effect and Syria’s multiple security agencies continue to detain people without arrest warrants, holding them incom- municado for lengthy periods. The Supreme State Security Court (SSSC), an exceptional court with almost no procedural guarantees, regularly sentences Kurdish activists and Islamists to long prison terms.
Syria among worst for rights abuses: HRW report
A Wasted Decade Human Rights in Syria during Bashar al-Asad’s First Ten Years in Power - July 2010