The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that it had documented the deaths of 34 detainees under torture, mostly in the prisons of the Assad regime.
In a report released on Sunday, the monitoring group said that the “de-escalation zones agreement” has not reduced the scale of torture in the prisons of the Assad regime and extremist groups.
“The crimes that the international community, specifically guarantors of those agreements, cannot observe are still ongoing,” the report said.
The report pointed out that the death of this “big number” of victims under torture each month, which represents a minimum of the total number of victims, “clearly indicates that torture is a systematic tactic emanating from the head of the ruling regime.”
The Network went on to say that all pillars of the Assad regime are fully aware of the systematic torture in prisons, making these tactics crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The Network in early October said that 195 people had died under torture in Syria since the beginning of 2017. It called on the UN Security Council to enforce the resolutions it adopted on Syria and to hold all violators to account. The Network also said that Russia, as guarantor of the “de-escalation zones agreement” is obliged to prevent the Assad regime from sabotaging the agreement and to press towards achieving a breakthrough in the issue of detainees by revealing the fate of at least 76,000 forcibly disappeared people. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)