The US special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, announced, Tuesday, that his country will not normalize relations with the “evil” Syrian regime unless it takes steps to adopt UN Resolution 2254, related to the political process in the country.
This came during an event organized by the Syrian Network for Human Rights and the “The Next Day” organization, through visual communication technology, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings, entitled “The need to achieve justice for detainees in the Assad regime in light of the spread of Covid 19.”
And UN Resolution 2254, issued by the UN Security Council in 2015, divided the political process in Syria into 4 tracks, namely, transitional governance, the constitution, elections, and combating terrorism.
Jeffrey said, “The crimes of the (Syrian) regime are known, and we have reports of the International Investigation Committee, and many organizations have talked about these crimes.”
He continued: “America’s goal is to ensure the launch of a political process that brings peace in accordance with UN Resolution 2254. We will not normalize our relationship with the evil regime unless it takes steps to adopt the resolution, and nothing has been done in it so far.”
During the event, the official in charge of the Syria file at the German Foreign Ministry, Robert Ruddy, said: “The numbers provided by the (Syrian) regime for those infected with Corona are few, and we believe that the numbers are large and the effects of the virus are great on people.”
On September 17, a UN official warned of the spread of the Coronavirus throughout Syria and said that the United Nations will not be able to understand the extent of the virus outbreak until tests are increased throughout the country.
For his part, the executive director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Fadel Abdul-Ghany, talked about the rights of detainees, the regime’s practices against them, and stripping them of their most basic rights.
The event participants listened to the testimony of a former detainee in Al-Assad prisons, who was arrested with 3 of her children while obtaining passports, and there was no crime she had committed, to spend 3 years in detention.
Rasha Sharbaji, who is 38 years old and has 5 children, said, “I gave birth to twins (two children) in the detention center, without care, care, and supplies, just providing me with water isolated from the world.”
According to Syrian opposition sources, the number of detainees in Assad’s prisons is at least 500,000, while the number of female detainees who were subjected to torture and rape is about 13,500 detainees, and about 7,000 are still detained in the basements of the Syrian regime.