Syrians die at a rate of ten per day in Assad’s prisons

Amnesty International report finds 'systematic torture' by Assad regime



Syrians are dying at a rate of ten per day inside Bashar al Assad’s prison system, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

Accounts of organised torture, rape and ritual beatings, based on interviews with 65 survivors, add to the body of evidence of crimes against humanity against prisoners by the Assad regime.

Boris Johnson has suggested Britain work with Assad against ISIS, but clarified his position when made Foreign Secretary in July, saying ‘the suffering of the Syrian people will not end while Assad remains in power’.

The Amnesty report has detail of ‘systematic torture’ with more than 17,723 believed to have died in custody in Syria since March 2011, when protests began against the regime.

This is equal to 300 per month or ten each day.

The Amnesty evidence follows a United Nations report in February which said regime atrocities in prisons amounts to a policy of ‘extermination’.

Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director for Amnesty, said:

‘The catalogue of horror stories featured in this report depicts in gruesome detail the dreadful abuse detainees routinely suffer from the moment of their arrest, through their interrogation and detention behind the closed doors of Syria’s notorious intelligence facilities.’

Assad’s regime had seen deaths in prison for years before the protests and civil war. But the numbers have shot up from 45 per year to the equivalent of 3,600.

Luther added:

‘For decades, Syrian government forces have used torture as a means to crush their opponents.

Today, it is being carried out as part of a systematic and widespread attack directed against anyone suspected of opposing the government in the civilian population and amounts to crimes against humanity.’

He called on the United States and Russia (Assad’s chief ally), as the two countries chairing peace talks, to bring torture ‘to the top of the agenda’ with Syrian authorities and armed opposition groups.

See: Syria Solidarity UK demands governments uphold commitment to air drops

As you’re here, we have something to ask you. What we do here to deliver real news is more important than ever. But there’s a problem: we need readers like you to chip in to help us survive. We deliver progressive, independent media, that challenges the right’s hateful rhetoric. Together we can find the stories that get lost.

We’re not bankrolled by billionaire donors, but rely on readers chipping in whatever they can afford to protect our independence. What we do isn’t free, and we run on a shoestring. Can you help by chipping in as little as £1 a week to help us survive? Whatever you can donate, we’re so grateful - and we will ensure your money goes as far as possible to deliver hard-hitting news.

One Response to “Syrians die at a rate of ten per day in Assad’s prisons”

  1. Dear Simon Jenkins: Syrians are dying for democracy | Left Foot Forward

    […] See: Syrians die at a rate of ten per day in Assad’s prisons […]

Comments are closed.