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Stockholm: Skyline International  strongly supports the recent call by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, for an immediate cessation of indefinite mass detention without legal process, particularly concerning children in Northeast Syria.

In a recent statement, Ní Aoláin emphasized that international law prohibits indefinite mass detentions without legal proceedings and urged for a prompt end to this violation. Skyline International stands in solidarity with the UN expert's appeal, echoing the urgent need to protect the fundamental rights of individuals and children affected by arbitrary detentions.

 Skyline International acknowledges the significance of meaningful access to places of detention, including high-security sites, to expose and prevent serious human rights violations. Ní Aoláin's call for transparency and oversight of all detention facilities aligns with Skyline International's mission to promote accountability and justice in such contexts.

During her six-day visit to Syria, Ní Aoláin highlighted the dire humanitarian challenges faced by the population, including restricted access to water, electricity, and healthcare services, which impact the human rights of all individuals, including those held in detention facilities. Skyline International recognizes the importance of addressing these challenges and advocates for improved humanitarian conditions in the region.

Of grave concern to Skyline International is the plight of children detained in Northeast Syria. Ní Aoláin's observation of the arbitrary detention of an estimated 52,000 individuals, 60% of whom are children and 80% under the age of 12, is deeply troubling. The fact that these children are held without legal or judicial process is a clear violation of their rights under international law.

Skyline International joins Ní Aoláin in denouncing the systematic practice of separating boys from their mothers upon reaching adolescence, which causes significant trauma and is incompatible with the rights of the child. We call for an immediate end to this abhorrent practice and demand that children's rights be respected and protected.

Furthermore, Skyline International shares Ní Aoláin's profound concern over the presence of young boys in adult male prisons without any plans for their future beyond imprisonment. We assert that the detention of juvenile and adolescent boys without due legal process violates their fundamental rights under international law, and we urge relevant states to take responsibility for their citizens and ensure their rights are upheld.

Skyline International regrets the lack of access to certain detention facilities in Northeast Syria, and we join Ní Aoláin in calling for transparency and accountability regarding the treatment of detainees in those locations. In particular, we urge the authorities to address reported human rights violations, including incommunicado detention and disappearances, especially involving children.

Skyline International calls upon all relevant states to fulfill their human rights obligations and repatriate their nationals detained in Northeast Syria. The urgent need for improved detention conditions, especially for children, cannot be overstated. Every effort must be made to safeguard their rights and provide them with a path to rehabilitation and a better future.

As an independent news organization dedicated to promoting human rights and ensuring accountability for violations, Skyline International remains committed to supporting initiatives and experts like Fionnuala Ní Aoláin who advocate for justice, transparency, and the protection of human rights in all regions of the world.