The hunger strike staged by prisoners of conscience at Hama Central Prison entered its seventh day on Monday to protest against the Assad regime military field court’s issuance of death sentences for a number of prisoners.
Syrian activists and families of the prisoners published photos of the prisoners at the facility on Facebook showing the prisoners holding signs to indicate they will continue with the hunger strike until all their demands are met.
Other photos showed prisoners dumping the food being given to them by the Assad regime in trashcans. Activists said that two detainees fainted due to hunger while the rest of prisoners showed signs of fatigue, including two prisoners in their 50s.
The prison inmates called on “the free Syrians inside Syria and abroad to convey their voice and suffering to the international community as well as humanitarian and human rights organizations all over the world.”
In early May 2016, the prisoners staged a mutiny demanding the revocation of the death sentences issued for a number of the prison inmates. However, the Assad regime forces rejected their demands.
In a report issued on November 8, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that at least 95,000 Syrians have been forcibly disappeared in Syria since the beginning of the revolution in March 2011.
On February 7, 2017, Amnesty International issued a report titled “The Human Slaughterhouse” indicating that the Assad regime hanged more than 13,000 people in the notorious Sednaya prison, the majority whom were civilians opposed to the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)