Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. What is it?

What is the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights?

It is hard to read a news article or watch a news report without the SOHR being mentioned. But what is the SOHR? A UN body? an international body monitoring human rights abuses with an unbiased approach? a highly professional and informed group working night and day to provide western governments and media with detailed and precise figures in able for them to properly assess the situation on the ground?

Well, No! in short the SOHR is basically a clothes shop owner called Rami Abdulrahman (formally Osama Ali Suleiman), anti Assad and running the show from his little house in Coventry.

So western governments and press base all their intelligence on your average Joe.

The UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) is an information office opposed to the Assad-led Government of Syria. There was conflict between Rami Abdulrahman, a Syrian expatriate, and Mousab Azzawi about who rightfully ran the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Abdulrahman's UK based SOHR has been cited by virtually every western news outlet since the beginning of the uprising.
The UK based SOHR is run out of a two-bedroom terraced home in Coventry, UK, by Rami Abdulrahman (or Rami Abdul Rahman, or Rami Abdelrahman), a Syrian Sunni Muslim who also runs a clothes shop. After three spells in prison in Syria, Abdulrahman came to Britain in 2000 fearing a longer, fourth jail term.
In a December 2011 interview with Reuters, Abdulrahman said the observatory has a network of 200 people and that six of his sources had been killed. Abdulrahman reports on events in the Syrian uprising, including the deaths of civilians, rebels and army defectors (which he calls "martyrs") and government soldiers. SOHR's methodology for counting civilian victims has been questioned, as the organisation includes opposition combatants among the number of civilian casualties, as long as these are not former members of the military.