Syrian human rights activists under watch
According the Guardian:
The Human Rights Watch (HRW), which is based in New York accused Syria Wednesday of â€śbesiegingâ€? human rights activist by preventing them meeting and traveling abroad and forcing them to live in fear of repression.
The HRW report states that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is not as liberal as his father, Hafez, who was the president in 2000.
The study finds that there has been a political and social crackdown since 2001, when President al-Assad took office.