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UN: Arbitrary Detentions In Syria Conflict May Be War Crimes

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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 file photo, candles adorn the graves of people killed during Syrian war, in the town of Qamishli, north Syria. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report released Monday, March, 1, 2021, that tens of thousands of civilians were arbitrarily detained in enforced disappearances during the country's 10-year conflict. The conflict has killed nearly half a million people, displaced half the country’s pre-war population of 23 million, including 5 million who are refugees abroad. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad, File)

(AP) — A U.N. commission on Syria says in a new report that tens of thousands of civilians were arbitrarily detained in enforced disappearances during the country’s 10-year conflict. It also says that thousands more have been subjected to torture and sexual violence, offenses that can amount to war crimes. The report was released on Monday. It says Syria’s government arbitrarily arrested and detained individuals and committed “war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of detention.” It added that other parties in the conflict also committed crimes in that context. Syria’s conflict began in March 2011 and has killed about half a million people.

 

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