The delegation of the Syrian National Coalition to Geneva attended a special event on the detainees and forcibly disappeared people in the prisons the Assad regime on the sidelines of the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Keynote speakers included the foreign ministers of Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Liechtenstein. Sumaya al-Olabi, a female survivor from the prisons of the Assad regime, spoke about her experience in detention, recounting the horrors and brutal methods of torture against detainees.
The attendees reviewed the various crimes the Assad regime is committing against the detainees and verified figures of the detainees and forcibly disappeared people. They stressed the importance of accountability and that there will be no peace without accountability.
Fadl Abdel-Ghani, director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, presented a report the Network prepared under the title ‘Crushing Humanity’ highlighting the methods of torture used in regime prisons.
The participants underscored that the effects of the issue of detainees extend beyond the victims themselves to affect their families, calling for paying more attention to this issue and address it in implementation of international resolutions, most importantly UN resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique of 2012. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)