The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that it has documented no fewer than 72 methods of torture that the Assad regime uses against detainees in detention centers and military hospitals.
In a report released on Monday, the Network said that the Assad regime has detained at least 1.2 million Syrians since the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, 130,000 of whom are still detained.
The Network said that it registered the names of at least 14,298 people who died under torture in Syria between March 2011 and September 2019, including 178 children and 63 women.
The report contained illustrations of the most widely used methods of torture in the prisons of the Assad regime, including 39 methods of physical torture, six methods of neglect health and poor detention conditions, eight methods of sexual violence, eight methods of psychological torture and degradation of human dignity, nine methods of torture in military hospitals, two methods of forced labor, one of method of separation.
The monitoring group called on the UN Security Council to protect detainees from torture, to save the lives of the remaining detainees, find a mechanism to oblige the Assad regime to stop the use of torture and to disclose the whereabouts of the bodies of detainees and hand them over to the families.
The report called on the UN General Assembly to resort to the “Uniting for Peace” resolution in view of the total paralysis of the Security Council as a result of the Russian-Chinese veto and Russia’s blocking of all attempts to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.
The Network stressed the need to form a coalition by the civilized world to intervene in Syria in order to protect civilians and save the tens of thousands of detainees from death under torture in view of the failure of the UN Security Council to protect detainees who the regime uses as hostages. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)