UN calls for urgent action on missing persons case – Middle East Monitor
The United Nations (UN) has called on the international community to act urgently and take concrete steps to promote human rights, human dignity and justice in Syria and resolve the case of missing persons.
This came during a session held Friday by the United Nations General Assembly to hear a statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on the human rights situation in Syria.
In his address to members of the assembly, Bachelet said: “It is essential that the international community respond to the scale and horror of the violations and crimes committed in Syria with concrete actions to more firmly defend the rights of man, human dignity and justice.
Bachelet also added that action must be taken quickly and the community must be proactive because the victims and their families deserve nothing less.
The High Commissioner mentioned the families of the disappeared in Syria, stressing: “It is urgent that they be informed of the fate and whereabouts of their relatives and that they be allowed to visit or communicate with them.” .
She noted a clear lack of progress in resolving this tragedy, despite the fact that the Syrian conflict is entering its twelfth year.
“The current status, whereabouts and fate of tens of thousands of people are still unknown. Tens of thousands of Syrians have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in harsh conditions and have often been subjected to torture and ill-treatment , in addition to the exposure of men and women as well as children, including boys under the age of 11, to sexual violence during detention,” Bachelet added.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimates that more than 151,000 people have been detained and forcibly disappeared in Syria, according to a report published in mid-March 2022, on the eleventh anniversary of the Syrian revolution.
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