The Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria said that the Assad regime’s security forces refuse to disclose the fate of more than 108 Palestinian-Syrian female detainees who have been detained since the outbreak of the revolution. It noted that nothing is known about their fate or whereabouts.
In a report released on Friday, the Group’s documentation team explained that the Assad regime still detains a total of 1,727 Palestinian-Syrians. It pointed out that the female detainees include children and elderly women as well as university students, high school students, and mothers who were pregnant at the time of the arrest.
The London-based monitoring group added that no fewer than 35 Palestinian-Syria female detainees have died under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime as of the date of the writing of the report. The report indicated that a total of 565 Palestinian-Syrians, including children and elderly persons, have been killed under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime since March 2011.
The Group on Saturday said that the Assad regime’s security services still hold Palestinian-Syrian woman Rudaina Mohammad Khattab, 29, who was detained from her hometown of Latakia province in 2012.
Rights activists renewed their appeals to human rights groups, international organizations, UNRWA and the Palestinian Embassy in Damascus to intervene and help disclose Rudaina’s fate and ensure the release all detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime.
The Assad regime usually hands over the personal belongings of the deceased detainees to their families who choose not reveal the names of their loved ones for fear of reprisal by the Assad regime’s security forces.
The Group’s documentation team indicated that the real number of detainees and victims of torture considerably exceeds the number of those who were documented in view of the Assad regime’s refusal to disclose information about the detainees and the silence of families of the victims.
Testimonies by former detainees confirmed the Assad regime’s use of various methods of brutal torture against detainees, the latest of which was the testimony by former female detainee Huda who gave harrowing account of the torture against women in the prisons of the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)