Human rights group warned of the consequences of continued arbitrary arrests in Syria as increasing the risks inside detention centers and threatening the lives of thousands of detainees in light of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a report issued on Monday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that it had documented 157 arbitrary arrests across Syria in July 2020, including 13 children and two women.
The report indicated that the Assad regime was responsible for 69 cases, including against two children and two women, pointing out that 41 of these cases had turned into enforced disappearances.
The rights group pointed out that the PYD militia was responsible for the arrests of 61 people, including 11 children, while Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militant group was responsible for nine arrests, five of which turned into enforced disappearances. The report recorded 18 arrests by other groups, 11 of which turned into forced disappearance.
According to the report, the majority of arrests took place in the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, and Rural Damascus, pointing out that the detainees held by the regime are being subjected to “brutal, sadistic methods of torture,” and that they are being held in dire health conditions.
The Network called on the UN Security Council to follow the implementation of resolutions 2042, 2043 (2012), 2012, and 2139 (2014) to put an end to enforced disappearance in Syria.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)