U.N. investigators say the fate of tens of thousands of people detained by all warring parties during Syria’s decade-long war remains unknown and a matter of great concern. The report will be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council March 11.The 30-page report by the FILE – Prisoners from Iraq and Syria, suspected of being part of the Islamic State, sit inside a prison cell in Hasaka, Syria, Jan. 11, 2020.“Overcrowded prison conditions that are poor and that lack hygiene is such a breeding ground for this pandemic that will spread. And, if it spreads within the system, the prison system and detention system in Syria, it will spread amongst the population and it will spread to neighboring countries and it will become a major international problem,” he said.The report is calling for perpetrators of crimes to be held accountable and brought to justice. It recommends that U.N. member states enact effective legislation toKoblenz, enable them to prosecute individuals in their jurisdiction, as seen in last week’s ground-breaking verdict in Koblenz, Germany. Syrian defendant Eyad A. arrives to hear his verdict in the courtroom in Koblenz, Germany, Feb. 24, 2021. (Thomas Lohnes/Pool via Reuters)In that landmark case, a former Syrian state official was tried and convicted of crimes against humanity in the torture and deprivation of liberty of individuals detained in Syrian prisons.   

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