The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the Assad regime continues to commit the crimes of executions and torture against detainees in its prisons, noting that it recorded new cases of torture and arbitrary arrests in September.
In two separate reports, the Network said that it had recorded no fewer than 687 arbitrary arrests in September, 87 percent of which were carried out by the Assad regime. It noted that the majority of arrests took place in the areas that saw forced settlements with the Assad regime which violated the terms of the agreements that were reached in those areas.
The rights group said that at least 41 people had been killed under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime in September, including four university students, an athlete, a musician, and a child.
The Network pointed out that the Assad regime continues to carry out arbitrary arrests without bringing the detainees to fair trial or giving reasons for detention. It also said that it had recorded arbitrary arrests in no fewer than 170 raids in September.
These figures have brought to 6,109 the number of arbitrary arrests that have been recorded since the beginning of 2018, the majority of whom were carried out by the Assad regime. These arrests are added to 118,000 cases of arbitrary detention that the Assad regime has carried out since the beginning of the Syrian revolution. It is estimated that the real number exceeded 215,000.
The Syrian Coalition, meanwhile, said that the Assad regime’s continued murdering of detainees raises fears about the lives of those who remain in its prisons. It underscored that the regime which met peaceful demonstrators with live fire will not hesitate to kill anyone suspected of being an opponent.
The Coalition said that these reports would likely support the efforts of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to hold accountable those responsible for war crimes in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)