Member of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee, Muhammad Yahya Maktabi, stressed that the crimes of torture and premeditated murder in the prisons of the Assad regime have affected detainees of various nationalities, especially Palestinian-Syrians.
Maktabi stressed that the international community must take concrete action to ensure the release of detainees in the Assad regime’s prisons and the disclosure of the fate of the forcibly disappeared. He also stressed that accountability is an essential part of the political solution based on the implementation of UN resolutions on Syria, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolutions 2118 and 2254.
The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said it had documented the death of two more Palestinian-Syrians under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime.
The London-based Group cited an ex-detainee who was released on August 1, 2013 as confirming that the Palestinian-Syrians Marwan Al-Mousa, 20 years old, and Ahmed Shehadeh had died in the third cell in the regime’s 227 security branch in Damascus.
The ex-detainee indicated that Al-Mousa is from the Sbeinah camp for Palestinian refugees in Rural Damascus, while Shehadeh is from the Yarmouk camp in Damascus and was detained at a checkpoint near the Battikha roundabout in Damascus.
Earlier this month, the Group said it has documented the death of the Palestinian-Syrian Mahmoud Al-Mohammed under torture in the third cell in the regime’s 227 security branch in Damascus, adding that he is from Al-Sayeda Zeinab camp in Rural Damascus.
The Group indicated that the total number of Palestinian-Syrian detainees in Assad’s prisons exceeded 2,000, of whom 636 have so far died under torture.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)