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KHRP Submits NGO Shadow Report on Syria for the UN CAT
Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00


KHRP today submitted its NGO shadow report for the review of the Syrian Arab republic under the UN Convention against Torture (CAT).

The report compiled focuses upon cases of mistreatment of Kurdish people in Syria which undermine the submissions made in the official report submitted by the Syrian Arab Republic in July 2009. Many Syrian Kurds are stateless peoples who continue to be targeted by the Syrian authorities and subjected to ill-treatment, characteristically in the form of arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detention, extrajudicial killings, disappearances, as well as torture and deaths in custody.

In respect of Syria’s implementation of the Convention against Torture, KHRP advances three principal submissions: (1) Syrian law must criminalise the offence of torture; (2) Syria must properly enforce legislation aimed at preventing and punishing acts of torture; and (3) Syria must properly investigate allegations of torture against Syrian Kurds and, where torture is established to have occurred, provide appropriate redress.

‘KHRP remains gravely concerned about the risk of torture to Kurds in Syrian prisons’, said KHRP Chief Executive Kerim Yildiz. ‘Our shadow report is an important tool by which to challenge the Syrian Arab Republic’s official line concerning its record of torture and to call on the international community to bring pressure to bear on Syria to implement measures to safeguard the humane treatment of prisoners and to eradicate torture from its penal system’.

KHRP’s submission to the UN CAT on Syria is available to download here.