Rights Group Records 569 Arbitrary Arrests in Syria in August
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that it had recorded at least 569 arbitrary arrests across Syria in August, 362 of which turned into enforced disappearance. The figure has brought to 3,618 the number of arbitrary arrests that took place in Syria since the beginning of 2019.
In a report issued on Monday, the Network said that of the August arrests, 269 were carried out by the Assad regime, adding that the detainees included nine children and 11 women. The Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militant group detained 23 people, all of them men, the report added.
According to the report, the PYD militia arbitrarily arrested 229 people, including 19 children and 12 women, adding that 48 other people, including two children and two women, were detained by other parties. The province of Aleppo came first in terms of the recorded arbitrary arrests, the Network said.
The report indicated that the arrests took place at around 146 checkpoints and during raids in the various Syrian provinces. The Network said that the Assad regime carried out the majority of the raids, with the PYD militia coming second.
The monitoring group stressed that the Assad regime failed to fulfill any of its obligations under the international treaties and conventions it ratified, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It cited the regime’s continued detention of hundreds of thousands of people for many years without arrest warrants.
The Network called on the UN Security Council to follow up on the enforcement of its resolutions on Syria, especially resolution 2042 of April 14, 2012, resolution 2043 of April 21, 2012, and resolution 2139 of February 22, 2014 to put an end to enforced disappearance in Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)