The Association of Prisoners and Missing Persons of Sednaya Prison on Tuesday issued an e-book recounting horror stories taking place inside the infamous prison, widely known as the ‘human slaughterhouse.’ The book relied on testimonies by 14 ex-detainees who endured the most severe methods of torture and intimidation.
The book, titled ‘ “Sednaya Prison during the Syrian Revolution: Testimonies,’ tells the horrors ex-detainees went through, such as starvation, water shortages, deprivation of healthcare, brutal torture, and execution.
The book describes in harrowing detail how detainees die inside the prison and how the jailers would use the bodies of the deceased detainees to intimidate the rest of the detainees. Another survivor recounted how the jailers forced detainees to kill weaker cellmates to get their lives spared or to get bigger food rations.
The book also contained sketches that tell harrowing details of the brutal torture and inhumane treatment that detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime are enduring. The sketches were drawn by Syrian artist and ex-detainee Najah Al-Beqai.
The Syrian Opposition Coalition stressed the importance of the book and the testimonies for the issue of accountability. It pointed out that thousands of Syrians are still being brutally sent to the gallows of the Assad regime as part of organized war crimes and crimes against humanity taking place in all the prisons and detention centers of the Assad regime.
Amnesty International earlier described the prison as a “human slaughterhouse.” In a report issued in February 2017, the watchdog group said that the Assad regime executed 13,000 detainees in the facility between 2011 and 2015. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)