The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that despite the so-called amnesty decrees that the Assad regime issued between March 2011 and October 2022, only 7,351 detainees were released. It indicated that the Assad regime still holds about 135,253 detainees, including 3,684 children and 8,469 women.
In a report issued on Wednesday, the Network said that there are 95,696 people who are still enforcedly disappeared at the hands of the Assad regime, among them 2,316 children and 5,734 women, despite the regime’s issuance of 21 amnesty decrees.
The report pointed that the highest numbers of people still under arrest and enforced disappearance in the regime’s detention centers were recorded in 2012, 2013, 2011, and 2014, which are the same years that witnessed the issuance of the biggest number of amnesty decrees.
According to the report, the Assad regime detained no fewer than 1,867 people, including 1,013 military personnel and 854 civilians who surrendered themselves on the basis of amnesty decrees issued from March 2011 to October 2022. It added that at least 34 people died due to torture and medical neglect.
The Network indicated that only a very limited number of detainees were released under the regime’s amnesty decrees, while more people are arbitrarily detained.
The Network called on the UN Security Council and the United Nations not to be deceived by the regime’s issuance of so-called amnesty decrees because they lack credibility, and to demand the release of detainees because their arrest is based on false grounds and without any evidence.
The Network also called on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to condemn the regime’s manipulation of the issue of political detainees and its continued detention of tens of thousands of Syrian citizens without any fair trial or real evidence.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)