The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said it had recorded 456 arbitrary arrests by the Assad regime during the month of August. The Syrian Coalition said that these arrests are a proof of the Assad regime’s insistence on pursing a systematic policy aimed at silencing all dissident voices and those who speak up against the corrupt regime.
In a new report issued on Tuesday, the Network said that it had recorded at least 693 arbitrary arrests in August, 66 percent of which were carried out by the Assad regime. Militias of the so-called Self-administration were responsible for 102 arrests.
According to the report, 125 arbitrary arrests took place in Hasaka province, 85 in Aleppo, 82 in Dara’a, 67 in Idlib, 62 in Damascus, 54 in each of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, 44 in Hama, 41 in Damascus, 31 in Homs, 29 in Lattakia, 11 in Tartous, and 6 in Swaida.
The monitoring group pointed out that the arbitrary arrests took place in at least 189 locations, resulting in crackdown on freedoms, mostly in Rural Damascus and Hasaka.
The Network called upon the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council to follow up on the implementation of UN resolutions calling for putting an end to enforced disappearances in Syria.
The Network stressed the need to highlight the issues of detainees and enforced disappearance as well as to coordinate efforts with the local human rights organizations in Syria.
Last week, Yasser Al-Farhan, head of the National Commission on Detainees and Missing Persons, said that putting an end to the crime of genocide in Syria and the protection of human rights are a collective responsibility under all the divine laws, international laws and the values of the free world.”
The Commission called upon all parties of the international community to take urgent, extraordinary measures to protect detainees and exert real pressure on the Assad regime to force it to stop its atrocious crimes against detainees in its prisons. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)