The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reported that it has documented a minimum of 193 cases of arbitrary arrests in October, which included 13 children and 4 women. These incidents highlight the continued pursuit and targeting of civilians by Assad regime forces in areas under their control.
According to the SNHR’s periodic report on arbitrary arrests, out of the 193 cases, 163 resulted in enforced disappearances, with 78 of these cases attributed to the Assad regime forces, involving 3 children and one woman. The PYD terrorist militia was responsible for 61 arrests, including 9 children. Additionally, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham was involved in 17 arrests, and 37 cases were linked to other parties, including one child and 3 women.
The report also pointed out that the Assad regime issued amnesty decrees that led to the release of 7,351 detainees, but it is important to note that these decrees only free a very limited number of detainees. Arbitrary arrests continue to be a systematic approach employed by the Assad regime.
The PYD terrorist militia maintained its policy of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance, while Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham continued to detain civilians in Idlib province, particularly those who expressed criticisms of its governance. Most of the arrests were related to individuals expressing dissenting opinions.
The report highlighted that Aleppo province had the highest number of arbitrary detention cases in October, followed by Deir Ezzor, Rural Damascus, Al-Hasakah, Idlib, Raqqa, and Daraa.
The SNHR called on the UN Security Council to monitor the implementation of UN Resolutions 2042, 2043, and 2139. The report emphasized the urgent need to release children and women and to cease the practice of taking families and friends hostage in times of war.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)