UN Security Council ‘Utterly Failed’ Syrian Detainees; A Victim Voices Her Plea to ‘End Impunity and Stop this Horror’

8/9/2019

The UN Security Council has “utterly failed Syrian detainees and their families,” Amina Khoulani, Co-founder of Families for Freedom, told the council on Wednesday, in a meeting focused on those who have been jailed or gone missing across Syria during years of brutal conflict. 

In a rare opportunity for the UN Security Council to hear directly from family members of people forcibly disappeared, Ms. Khoulani spelled out: “It is your responsibility to protect Syrians from a system that kills, tortures, and illegally detains its own citizens.”   

Speaking on behalf of the women-led movement, launched in 2017 by families whose loved ones had been detained and disappeared, she painted a picture of sick, injured, or dying people, many enduring daily barbaric torture and some scheduled for execution, saying “hardly any of them will have had a fair trial.” 

Yet in spite of the reports and information on detention, forced disappearances, and torture, the number of victims continues to rise, including among displaced Syrians who have tried to return. 

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