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Saturday, 04 October 2014 09:28

115 Killed Under torture in Assad’s Jails in September

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said that it had documented at least 115 people killed under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime during September, bringing the total number of torture victims to 5,396 people since the beginning of the revolution. The victims include 94 children and 32 women. The victims are distributed as follows: 21 in Dara’a, 19 in Damascus, 18 in Homs, 13 in Aleppo,12 in rural Damascus, 9 in each of Latakia and Idlib, 7 in Hama, three in Raqqa, and 2 in each of Deir Ezzor and Quneitra. “These mounting figures are further evidence of the brutality of the Assad regime, and once again raises the need for international monitoring on the prisons of the Assad regime to try to salvage the detainees who face the same bleak fate in Assad’s jails,” the Network said. Nora Al Ameer, vice president of the Syrian Coalition, called earlier on the United Nations to "re-open UN offices in Syria to follow up on the situation of tens of thousands of detainees in Assad’s jails and release them using the legal means.” Al Ameer pointed out that “while governments around the world are racing to open more schools, universities, institutes and scientific research, the Assad's government sole concern is to build more detention centers and dig in more mass graves,” during a press conference. “The international community can stop the wheel of murder, detention, and enforced disappearance through opening UN and human rights offices in Syria to know the fate of detainees in Assad’s jails.” She cited the visit of the former UN special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan two years ago, which saved many detainees, consequently many families, many children, many of the homelessness. The world's abandonment of Syrian citizens who have being subjected to all kinds of injustices and abuses, and are being dealt with as mere numbers and news stories is shameful and unacceptable and is not commensurate with a society ruled by human rights laws.” The world’s silence over the photos of 11,000 detainees, leaked by Caesar, proves that in our world the decision to apply justice is determined by the victim’s nationality, as the 11,000 Syrian detainees were not a match to one U.S. national.” (Source: Syrian Coalition + Syrian Network for Human Rights)