Fate nonetheless unclear of ‘tens of thousands’ of civilian detainees in Syria 

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According to the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, hundreds extra have been topic to torture, sexual violence or dying in captivity. 

Despite the “staggering” wealth of proof, virtually all events to the battle “failed to investigate their own forces”, mentioned Commissioner Karen Koning AbuZayd.  

“The focus appears to be on concealing, rather than investigating crimes committed in the detention facilities”, she added in a press release. 

More than 100 detention websites  

The findings, which the panel will ship to the Human Rights Council in Geneva subsequent week, spotlight investigations into greater than 100 particular detention services. 

They cowl mass arrests of demonstrators within the early days to the mass internment of males, ladies and kids in the present day. 

Such arbitrary detention and imprisonment have been “a root cause” and had been a key “trigger” for Syria’s battle, the investigators insisted. 

No clear fingers 

While the panel insisted that the Government of Syria was accountable for detention, different armed teams additionally performed their half in disappearances and different crimes and abuses on a “massive scale”. These embody the joint forces of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Syrian National Army (SNA) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).  

The practices of terrorist teams Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) can be highlighted within the report, which is primarily based on greater than 2,500 interviews performed over 10 years.  

“Tens of thousands of people in Syria have been unlawfully deprived of their liberty at any one time”, the Commissioners mentioned.  

“Arbitrary detention and imprisonment have been deliberately instrumentalized to instil fear and suppress dissent among the civilian population or, less frequently, for financial gain. Armed groups have also targeted religious and ethnic minority groups.” 

‘Unimaginable suffering’ 

On the cusp of the battle’s 11th yr, the investigators maintained that the warring events have continued to mistreat detainees held in “notorious detention facilities across the country”, forcing them to endure “unimaginable suffering”.  

The report concludes that this has been taking place with the data and acquiescence of the governments who’ve supported the completely different events to the battle, and calls on them to deliver an finish to the violations. 

“While the Commission has consistently urged such releases based on abhorrent, inhuman conditions of detention, the urgency is even greater now given that overcrowded prisons are likely breeding grounds for COVID-19, where detainees in fragile health may not survive”, mentioned Commissioner Hanny Megally.

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