The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that 12 people were killed under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime in March.
In a report issued on Tuesday, the Network said that torture of detainees was often of a sectarian nature, noting that detainees are being subjected to systematic, extremely brutal methods of torture by the Assad regime.
According to a separate report the rights group issued on Sunday, the month of March witnessed extensive criminal acts against civilians in Syria, especially in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta which came under a brutal onslaught by the Assad regime and Russian forces.
The Network said that at least 1,389 civilians were killed in bombardment by regime forces in February. It also documented violations against Syrians and foreigners, including arbitrary arrests and summary executions amounting to crimes against humanity.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 26 reiterated calls for the referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court and for holding those responsible for war crimes in Syria accountable.
The Network concluded its report by calling for an immediate investigation into the deaths of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime. It also called for the suspension of death sentences “because they were based on confessions that were obtained under brutal torture.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)