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SNHR says that 84,000 forcibly disappeared people are in Syrian government forces prisons  

Editing: Hazem Halak Khaled Abdulhamid Smesem |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/30 08:06
Update date: 2020/06/30 08:06

Syria - SMART

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said in a report that about 84,000 people are forcibly disappeared in the Syrian government forces prisons. The SNHR seeks to document as many of them possible with the United Nations Group on Enforced Disappearances in Syria (WGEID)

The report added that the SNHR received notification from the UN WGEID that it submitted eight cases, provided by SNHR this year, to the Syrian regime.

The report emphasized that the Syrian regime has perpetrated enforced disappearances in the context of a widespread attack against all civilian population groups. The Syrian regime, which has issued orders to its forces to carry out arrests and enforced disappearances, is fully aware of their effect, which constitutes a crime against humanity under Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The report calls on the UN Special Envoy to Syria to raise the issue of enforced disappearance in all negotiation sessions, noting that ensuring that the disclosure of these individuals’ fate is a priority and parallel to the Geneva peace talks.

The report also called UN to resort to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter to protect detainees from death in detention centers, and to put an end to the pandemic of enforced disappearance that is widespread across Syria, as it threatens the security and stability of society.

The SNHR issues periodic human rights reports documenting violations and attacks committed by all military parties operating in Syria, including documenting cases of people killed as a result of bombing, torture, and cases of arbitrary detention and conscription.

Human rights volunteers and activists accuse the international community of failing to pressure the Syrian regime to reveal the fate of hundreds of thousands of detainees and forcibly disappeared persons in its prisons, and hold the regime accountable for its crimes committed against thousands of them.