New Civil Status Law Raises Concerns Over Identity Cards and HLP Rights

On 30 January, the Ministry of Administrative Development (MoAD) announced that 10,076 demobilised Syrian Arab Army soldiers had passed the employment exam taken by candidates for the two topmost tiers of public-sector work. While the employment pipeline directing demobilised soldiers into public service is not new, it has arguably never been more important in Syria’s modern history, and it is changing significantly.

Aleppo Council to Relocate Graves, Raising Concerns across Syria

On 24 February, Aleppo City Council announced that the remains of those buried in a park adjacent to Salah al-Din Mosque, in western Aleppo, will be relocated to the Modern Islamic Cemetery, east of Aleppo city, on 2 March, at the council’s expense. The Aleppo City Council called on those who have relatives buried in […]

Vaccination Progress and Concerns as Syria Joins COVAX

On 11 February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced details of the three-phase COVID-19 vaccination plan in Syria. The Government of Syria’s entry to the COVAX programme administered by the WHO marks the first and by far most important milestone to date in large-scale vaccination in Syria. However, major impediments will complicate equitable distribution, while […]

State Steps up as Soldiers Enter Public Service in Droves

On 30 January, the Ministry of Administrative Development (MoAD) announced that 10,076 demobilised Syrian Arab Army soldiers had passed the employment exam taken by candidates for the two topmost tiers of public-sector work. While the employment pipeline directing demobilised soldiers into public service is not new, it has arguably never been more important in Syria’s modern history, […]

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Sweeping Real Estate Sales Tax Reform Discussed

Sweeping Real Estate Sales Tax Reform Discussed Table of Contents Sweeping Real Estate Sales Tax Reform Discussed In Depth Analysis On 27 January, the Syrian Cabinet discussed a sweeping makeover of Syria’s property sales tax rules which threatens to upend the way taxes are assessed, while potentially delaying sales and introducing further opportunities for corruption […]

Syria in 2021

Introduction As 2021 begins, humanitarian and development actors working on Syria must confront a host of new challenges. Donors, policymakers, and aid implementers assessing priorities for the year ahead may draw useful insights from the events of 2020. For much of the past year, conflict conditions in Syria were frozen, marking the longest period of […]

Damascus Flails as Syrians abroad Queue for COVID-19 Vaccine

Syria Update 25 January 2021 Download PDF Version Damascus Flails as Syrians abroad Queue for COVID-19 Vaccine In Depth Analysis ‘National sovereignty’ is the latest barrier to procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine in Syria, which continues to run up against ill-defined hurdles, even as state health authorities admit that a long-running second wave of infections […]