Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Yasser al-Farhan said that the Assad regime is responsible for committing thousands of crimes against Syrian civilians through arbitrary detention, kidnapping, and torturing them to death.
Al-Farhan was speaking at a special session on arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances in Syria that was organized by the Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum and the No Peace Without Justice organization on the sidelines of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Al-Farhan, who is also Head the Syrian National Commission on Detainees and Missing Persons (SNCDMP), recently formed by the Syrian Coalition, stressed that detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime are subjected to systematic, brutal torture claiming the lives of tens of thousands of political Syrian dissidents.
The Assad regime did not comply with international resolutions or international conventions calling for the prevention of arbitrary arrest, torture and ill-treatment, al-Farhan said. He added that the Assad regime continued the mass arrests and kidnappings despite the fact that almost all UN Security Council resolutions condemned arbitrary detention, torture, physical liquidation and enforced disappearance against civilians in Syria. They also called for the immediate cessation of such practices and the release of all arbitrarily detained persons.
Al-Farhan said that the formation of the SNCDMP aims to help independent human rights organizations and international organizations to take tangible, practical measures to ensure the release of detainees.
"The issue of detainees is one of the most essential issues. We will not accept that it is used as a bargaining chip. We must not forget this issue nor will we accept that it is postponed until after a political solution is reached." Al-Farhan also stressed the need to ensure accountability and not to link it to obstacles to the political solution. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition said that the twin terrorist bombings that rocked the town of Afrin on Wednesday were aimed at spreading terror, panic and chaos, reiterating that the Assad regime is the root cause of terrorism and its source.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition said that terrorists carried out twin car bombings in the town of Afrin in northern rural Aleppo, resulting in the death and injury of many civilians, including women and children. It stressed that such attacks will fail to achieve their goals.
The Coalition pointed out that plans that contradict the will of the Syrian people and seek to break their will are doomed to failure, stressing that terrorism and tyranny will not achieve their goals.
“This crime cannot be viewed independently from other crimes taking place in other parts of Syria, most notably the ongoing assault being launched by the Assad regime's forces and their allies on large areas of southern Syria. Such attacks serve as a further proof of the close relationship among all active terrorist forces in Syria and their organic relationship with the Assad regime.”
The Coalition reiterated that “the Assad regime is the root cause of terror and its source. Absent firm decisions to dry up this source, terrorism will continue to spread in the region and beyond.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)