The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that at least 6,517 people were detained in Syria in 2017, including 551 in December.
In a report released on Wednesday, the Network said that the detainees included 434 children and 760 women. The report indicated that 4,796 people were detained by the Assad regime and 843 by extremist groups, including 539 by ISIS.
The report noted that the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) detained 647 people during 2017, while 231 people were detained by groups the Network said it was unable to identify.
According to the report, 1,440 people were detained in Damascus and its suburbs, 981 in Deir Ezzor, 658 in Aleppo, 588 in Raqqa, 514 in Hasakah, 493 in Dara’a, and 455 in Hama.
The rights group said it had recorded no fewer than 117,000 arrests since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, 99 percent of which were conducted by the Assad regime.
In a separate report released on Tuesday, the Network said that 232 people were killed under torture in 2017, including 211 by the Assad regime, among them a child and two women.
The Network called on the UN Security Council to enforce resolutions 2042 (2012), 2043 (2012) and 2139 (2014) to put an end to enforced disappearances in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)