The Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria has reported that it has documented the names of 3,076 Palestinian-Syrian detainees who were forcibly disappeared. This distressing count encompasses a diverse group of individuals, spanning across children, women, the elderly, human rights activists, journalists, doctors, nurses, as well as relief and humanitarian workers. These disappearances have taken place since the onset of the Syrian revolution in March 2011.
The London-based monitoring group has recorded 643 instances of death under torture among Palestinian-Syrian detainees within the prisons of the Assad regime’s security services since 2011. It is important to note that this group asserts that the actual count of detainees and victims of torture is higher than their documented figures. This is primarily due to the Syrian authorities’ practice of maintaining secrecy surrounding detainee information. Additionally, the families of victims are reluctant to publicly announce their children’s deaths resulting from torture, fearing reprisals from the regime’s security and intelligence agencies.
The group has put forth a series of demands, which include the release of Palestinian-Syrian detainees, revelation of the fate of those who have disappeared, and an insistence on disclosing the identities of those who have lost their lives under torture. They are also urging for the divulgence of the locations of their burials and the return of their bodies to their grieving families.
The Action Group emphasizes that the count of Palestinian-Syrian victims who have lost their lives since the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011 has reached a staggering figure of approximately 4,214 individuals, which tragically includes 252 children.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)