"Ten years after succeeding his father as president of Syria, Bashar al-Asad has liberalized parts of his country's economy, but has not delivered on his promises to increase public freedoms or improve the government's human rights record. Ordinary Syrians continue to risk jail merely for criticizing their president, writing a blog, or protesting government policies. This report reviews Bashar al-Asad's human rights record in five key areas: repression of political and human rights activism; restrictions on freedom of expression; torture; treatment of Kurds; and addressing Syria's legacy of enforced disappearances. The assessment is bleak. Without reform in these five areas, al-Asad's rule merely extends that of his father: government by repression."--P.  of cover.
"July 2010"--Table of contents page.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Executive summary Repression of political and human rights activism Restrictions on freedom of expression Torture, ill-treatment , and enforced disappearances Repression of Kurds Legacy of enforced disappearances Annex: list of political and human rights activists detained during Bashar al-Asad's first decade in power.