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2,317 Arbitrary arrests documented in 2023: SNHR

The Hague – The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) revealed in a report released today, that it documented at least 2,317 cases of arbitrary arrest/detention in 2023, including of 129 children and 87 women, with 232 cases documented in December. The report stresses that Syrian regime forces primarily target returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees, citizens expressing dissent, and individuals who have been arrested in relation to the conflict.

The 42-page report explains that most arrests in Syria are carried out without any judicial warrant while the victims are passing through checkpoints or during raids, with the security forces of the regime’s four main intelligence services often responsible for extra-judicial detentions. Every detainee is tortured from the very first moment of his or her arrest and denied any opportunity to contact his or her family or to have access to a lawyer. The authorities also flatly deny the arbitrary arrests they have carried out, and most of the detainees are subsequently categorized as forcibly disappeared.

The report summarizes the cases of arbitrary arrest/detention documented by SNHR in 2023, including December, by the parties to the conflict and the controlling forces in Syria, in addition to shedding light on the most notable individual cases and incidents of arbitrary arrest and detention that SNHR’s team was able to document during the same period, as well as categorizing cases and incidents of arrest according to the location of the incident. The report does not include kidnappings and abductions in which SNHR has been unable to identify the responsible party.

Read the full report Here

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