The UN human rights office on Friday described as “alarming” the situation in the prisons in Syria, especially the overcrowded ones run by the Assad regime, most notably the Sednaya military prison. The Assad regime was urged “to take urgent action -- following the example of other countries -- to release sufficient numbers” of detainees, said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Colville particularly…
Amnesty International on Tuesday called on the Assad regime to release detainees in its detention centers and military hospitals in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among detainees. “In Syrian prisons and detention centers, COVID-19 could spread quickly due to poor sanitation, lack of access to clean water and severe overcrowding”, said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director. ““All prisoners of conscience – political activists, human…
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Friday called for a complete and immediate ceasefire throughout Syria in line with UN Resolution 2254 to enable comprehensive efforts to confront the coronavirus. In a statement, Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said that the Secretary-General calls on the parties to the Syrian conflict to uphold his appeal, which was launched on Monday, for the need for a ceasefire in all…
  US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called for the release of tens of thousands of arbitrarily detained people in the prisons of the Assad regime to in order to mitigate the disastrous spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In a press release issued on Wednesday, Ortagus warned that “if the Assad regime maintains its current campaign against the Syrian people, it risks exacerbating the spread of the COVID-19 virus to…
  The Assad regime forces reportedly retaliated against civilians who chose to remain behind in areas retaken in Idlib province, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Images provided to the watchdog group show that regime forces may have shot at civilians and despoiled their bodies in towns where the Assad regime retook control in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. HRW said it had obtained images that appeared to show members of…
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