The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that it had recorded at least 173 cases of arbitrary arrest in March 2022, including against four children and five women, noting that the Assad regime continues with the arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and torture.
The report comes several days after the Assad regime issued a decree to “criminalize torture.” The Head of the National Commission for Detainees and Missing Persons in Syria, Yasser Al-Farhan, said that Assad will not stop committing these crimes as they are the only strategy through which it rules the country.
Al-Farhan added that arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, torture, extrajudicial executions and other forms of inhumane treatment are deeply rooted in the regime’s policies. He stressed that these are practices that have been rooted in the regime’s apparatus for half a century ago, and are systematic in its dealings with the opposition long before and during the revolution.
Al-Farhan also stressed that the international community must issue resolutions that oblige the Assad regime to respect resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly under the threat of unilateral punitive measures by an alliance of friendly countries to rescue detainees from genocide and uphold the values and credibility of the free world.
Al-Farhan also called on the friendly countries to establish an alliance to save the Syrian people by implementing concrete measures, adding that statements of condemnation are not enough. He pointed out that this is morally and legally justified in case the UN Security Council failed to maintain international peace and security, and in case the UN General Assembly’s failed to apply the Uniting for Peace principle in order protect peoples from genocide.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)