The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the Assad regime is still employing the same methods and tools in the face of peaceful protesters that it began to use in 2011 as it detained ten activists of the recent popular anti-regime movement in Suwayda.
In a report issued on Thursday, the Network pointed out that at least 2,172 people from Suwayda are still held by the Assad regime.
According to the report, at least 37 people from Suwayda province have been killed under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime since March 2011.
The report indicated that the Assad regime has detained ten civilians and take them to an unknown destination during the recent anti-regime protests, including activist Raed Al-Khatib. It also noted that the Assad regime’s security forces and loyalist militia are attacking the demonstrators in Suwayda.
The rights group added that the Assad regime is responding to the ongoing protests in Suwayda using the same tactics that it used to suppress the popular uprising against its rule in 2011, such as arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearance, and intimidation.
The Network called on the international community and the United Nations to protect civilians in Suwayda from torture and enforced disappearance as it warned of a repeat of the failure to protect Syrian civilians. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)