UN Documents Mass Execution of Detainees in Syria

Govt, ISIS, al-Qaeda All Faulted for Policies of 'Extermination'

A new UN Commission report titled “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” covering the past several years of the Syrian Civil War documents the systematic torture and execution of detainees held by various factions, including the Syrian government.

The report concludes that thousands of detainees were slain in custody, and said the evidence on the Syrian government’s own policy suggests a formal policy of “extermination,” dubbing it a crime against humanity which targeted “civilian males.”

The report notes similar behavior against detainees by both ISIS and al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra. ISIS is somewhat unique among the three in that their mass executions are not denied, and they tend to publicize them more than anyone.

The commission complained the Syrian government hasn’t responded to requests to visit the prison facilities over the past four and a half years. They added that high-ranking officials within the prison system and military policy could be “individually criminally liable” for the killings, though the report declined to name any of them.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.