Dozens Demonstrate Outside European Parliament to Demand Release of Detainees from Assad’s Prisons
Dozens of activists gathered outside the European Parliament in the Belgian capital Brussels on Wednesday to demand the release of detainees from the prisons and detention centers of the Assad regime.
The demonstrators held pictures of people being detained or missing. Activists hung a poster that read “freedom for the detainees" on a bus in conjunction with the Brussels III Conference held under the title “supporting the future of Syria and the region.”
The participants in the demonstration said that the Assad regime is committing massacres on a daily basis in Syria, noting that they were forced to leave the country because of the brutal practices of the regime forces against them.
The demonstrators called on the international community to take action to put an end to violence in Syria and to hold to account those responsible for arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances.
In September 2018, officials from the United States, Great Britain and France and representatives of Syrian human rights organizations discussed the human rights violations being committed by the Assad regime on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
Activists said that 210,000 people have been arrested, 85,000 others have gone missing and 14,000 others tortured by the regime since the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011.
A report by lawyers and doctors have highlighted the Assad regime’s widespread use of sexual violence and brutal torture in its prisons. It indicated that these brutal methods of torture are still ongoing against detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime.
The Syrian Network of Human Rights earlier said that more than 140,000 people have been detained in Syria since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, the overwhelming majority of which were detained by the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)