Wednesday, 29 March 2023 05:17

UN chief calls for new tool to find 100,000 ‘disappeared’ Syrians

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A Syrian teen is reunited with his family at an airport in Germany.

Top UN officials called for creating a new institution to help locate tens of thousands of missing Syrians and bring peace to their families, as the General Assembly debated on Tuesday the human rights situation in the country.

Entering its 13th year of brutal civil war and scrambling to recover from devastating earthquakes in February, Syria and its people “deserve peace” and to know the truth about the fate of their loved ones, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said.

UN Human Rights Chief @volker_turk highlights devastating crisis of missing persons in #Syria as conflict enters its 13yr. Calls on UN General Assembly to establish new, independent institution to bring answers & support to families & survivors.