A female survivor from the prisons of the Assad regime recounted the horrors taking place in these prisons at a meeting between the Syrian National Coalition and envoys and diplomats from the major actors and influential countries in Syria, including the United States and the European Union.
The ex-detainee, who introduced herself as Mrs. Mona, talked about the horrors taking place against detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime. She said that female detainees are being subjected to horrific methods of torture and maltreatment.
She described how the jailers and regime security officers found joy in the killing of a child and a woman as she said she heard one of the officers saying after a child died “he perished. Take him away!”
Yasser Al-Farhan, Head of the National Commission for the Affairs of Detainees and Missing Persons, said that the Assad regime continues with the arrest, torture, and murder of detainees. “Mona escaped death, but there are thousands of women and children who are still detained and at the risk of death in Assad’s Holocaust.”
Al-Farhan stressed the need of raising the issue of detainees in all discussions and conferences on human rights, calling on the international community to take concrete measures to save the remaining detainees.
Al-Farhan called for the upcoming session of the Human Rights Council to focus on the issue of detainees in Syria. He also called for issuing a UN Security Council resolution on the issue of detainees and exposing the atrocities detainees are enduring in the regime’s prisons.
Moreover, he said that the Commission is working with the major actors to do justice to the victims, hold perpetrators of war crimes accountable, and propose a legal strategy that ensures an end to enforced disappearance, torture, and murder in the future of Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)