State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that Since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, at least 117,000 Syrians have been detained or forcibly disappeared, according to numerous human rights organizations. The vast majority of them are believed to be in regime custody, across a network of prisons where regime officials torture and murder civilians to intimidate and silence any opposition to Assad’s rule.
"Extensive documentation and other evidence of this torture and murder is being collected by international organizations and support the world’s continued condemnation of the Syrian regime and prosecution of culpable officials in various courts," she said.
"The United States strongly reiterates its condemnation of the Assad regime’s cruel actions and calls on it to adhere to international laws and norms pertaining to the treatment of prisoners, including by allowing access for independent monitors."
“We will continue to work with the international community to investigate and shed light on these nefarious activities and work to hold those responsible accountable,” the statement concluded.
Thousands of families have learned of the deaths of their loved ones since word started to spread that Assad security branches were passing lists of the deceased to municipal registries around the country.