Thursday, 03 October 2019 19:40

Monitor Says Assad Regime Continues to Arbitrarily Detain Syrians

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that it had recorded no fewer than 441 cases of arbitrary detention in Syria in September, 276 of which turned into enforced disappearance.

In a report on arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearance published on Wednesday, the Network pointed out that the Assad regime forces detained 197 people, including four children and a woman in September.

The PYD militia detained 183 people, including 17 children and nine women, the Network said, adding that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militant group detained 29 people, including three children. The Network also said that 32 people, including two children and two women, were detained by unidentified militant groups.

These figures have brought to 4,059 the number of arbitrary arrests the monitoring group has recorded since the beginning of 2019. The September detainees included 26 children and 12 women, it added.

The report indicated that the arrests took place at least 173 checkpoints and raids across Syria, mostly in Aleppo province. The Assad regime forces came first in terms of the arrests, while the PYD militia came second. The latter violated many basic rights and committed several violations, such as torture and enforced disappearance.

The rights group called on the UN Security Council to follow up on the implementation of resolutions 2042, (2012), 2043 (2012), and 2139 (2014), calling for an end to enforced disappearances.

The report also called on the UN Human Rights Council to follow up on the issue of detainees and forcibly disappeared people in Syria, highlight the issue in all the regular annual meetings, and coordinate with local human rights organizations active in Syria. It also called on the official in charge of the issue of detainees in the Office of the UN envoy to include the issue in the future meetings in Geneva. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

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