Salwa Aksoy, a member of the Political Committee of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) and the Coordinator of the National Commission for the Affairs of Detainees and Missing Persons, has condemned the ongoing detention and enforced disappearance of Syrian citizens by the Assad regime.
On the 12th anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, Aksoy stated that detention and enforced disappearance are some of the darkest chapters of the Assad regime, which began under Hafez the father and continue under his son Bashar. The SOC and the Commission have provided detailed documentation of the violations and arbitrary arrests by the regime, but there has been no international action to hold the perpetrators accountable.
According to Aksoy, the Assad regime uses arbitrary arrest to terrorize citizens and maintain power through fear. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians are still detained or forcibly disappeared in Assad’s prisons, with the number increasing every day, she added.
Aksoy stressed that as long as this brutal policy continues, there will be no solution, security, peace, or return for millions of Syrian refugees. She also stressed that the Assad regime must be held accountable for its crimes and the issue of detention and enforced disappearance must be addressed in order for the Syrian people to live in a just and peaceful society.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)