More than 100,000 people in Syria have been detained, abducted or missing over the eight-year conflict, the UN's director of political affairs and peacebuilding operations, Rosemere Di Carlo, said, noting that the regime bears primary responsibility.
De Carlo urged the parties to heed the Security Council's call for the release of all those arbitrarily arrested and to make information available to families about their relatives as required by international law.
She also told the Security Council that the United Nations could not confirm the statistics of more than 100,000 because it was unable to reach places of detention and detainees in Syria.
She pointed out that her information comes from accounts recorded by the Commission of Inquiry in Syria, which the Human Rights Council of the United Nations and human rights organizations, formed since the outbreak of war in 2011.
De Carlo reiterated the call of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, saying that accountability for serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law "is vital to achieving and maintaining a sustainable peace in Syria."
Translation: Adar Press.