Event information

14 March 2023, 13:00-15:00


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Addressing the Situation of All individuals Detained in North-East Syria


Al-Hol Camp, Syria Al-Hol Camp, Syria

Side event on the margins of the 52nd session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council

This side event – organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism with the support of the Geneva Academy – will focus on the human rights of men, women and children who are currently still detained in North-east Syria, with an aim to propose concrete human rights- compliant solutions to these ongoing human rights violations.

The event will address in particular the situation of boys, who are in a situation of cradle-to-grave detention as a form of gender discrimination, the situation of men, who are in a situation of indefinite arbitrary detention that is often sustained by their home countries, and the situation of all those who cannot be subject to voluntary and human rights-compliant repatriations. This concept note provides detailed background information about detention in North-east Syria and the position of the UN Special Rapporteur.


  • Anne Charbord, Senior Legal Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism


  • Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
  • Theo Boutruche, Head of the Rule of Law and Transitional Justice Unit, UN Human Rights Office for Syria, OHCHR
  • Letta Tayler, Associate Crisis and Conflict Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Katherine Cornett, Head of Syria and Iraq Detention Project, Reprieve
  • Rasha Muhrez, Response Director, Save the Children


Participants are kindly requested to register for the event at:https://indico.un.org/event/1004679/


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