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Detainees death certificates flood Darayya's Registry Office, torture not mentioned as cause

DETAINEES | 2018-07-28 05:20:25
Detainees death certificates flood Darayya's Registry Office, torture not mentioned as cause
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 1000 detainees from Darayya, the western suburb of Damascus, were tortured to death in the Syrian security chambers, according to local activists who affirmed that the Intelligence Services had delivered the list of dead detainees to the civil registry office in the town.

Sources assured that the Assad regime has been issuing death certificates for detainees tortured to death. 

The 'Coordination of the Darayya People in the Diaspora' said on Friday that 68 death certificates were issued for prisoners tortured to death, included seven execuation cases in the Saydnaya military prison on 15-1-2013.

The Coordination has also documented names of 2809 detainees and 122 disappeared.

 Activists and families are expected a new death list as about 3400 people were arrested from Darayya since the early days of the Syrian revolution and during the battle of Darayya between November 2012 and February 2013.

 In August 2012, the regime forces backed by allied militias defeated the rebel forces and took control of the town.  About 500 people were found executed by the regime in the bloody offensive.

According to the Syrian Network for hUman Rights, 81,652 Syrian citizens were forcibly disappeared at the hands of the Syrian regime alone between March 2011 and June 2018, while around 13,066 victims died due to torture at the Syrian regime’s official and non-official prisons in the same period of time.

Zaman al-Wasl and The Gathering of Free Syrian Advocates have obtained names of  145 detainees were tortured to death as the regime ordered the civil registry office in Hama province to issue death certificates for the detainees which ignore the reason of death.

The same order took place in Hasaka for 600 detainees who also died of torture.

The advocate group has submitted the list to the United Nations, saying the regime security centers are a place for a genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Mohamed Nour Hmaidi, head of the Syrian Justice Gathering and the former head of Public Prosecution in Idlib province, said the regime is seeking to conceal its crimes backed by Iran and Russia as Assad thinks the war is over.

The death certificates were part of the post-war plans, Hamaidi said as about 600,000 Syrian are believed to be behind the bars.

The U.N. said in its reports over Syrian detainees that the scale of deaths in prisons indicated that the Assad regime was responsible for “extermination as a crime against humanity”.

In mid 2013, a team of war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts, had analyzed 55 thousand digital photos taken and provided by a Syrian defector codenamed "Caesar," who, along with his family, is now living outside Syria in an undisclosed location, according to CNN.  

The team members shared their findings in a joint exclusive with CNN's "Amanpour" and The Guardian newspaper on January 20, 2014.  
Amnesty accused the Syrian regime of carrying out a "policy of extermination", repeatedly torturing detainees and withholding food, water, and medical care.

Prisoners were also raped or forced to rape each other, and guards would feed detainees by tossing meals on to the cell floor, which was often covered in dirt and blood, the report said.

Amnesty has previously said that more than 17,700 people were estimated to have died in regime custody across Syria since the country's conflict erupted in 2011.

Syria is not a member of the International Criminal Court. The only way the court could prosecute someone from Syria would be through a referral from the United Nations Security Council.  

Saydnaya Slaughterhouse 

Families of 25 detainees in southern town of Kanaker were saddened to receive a call from the regime’s reconciliation committee to get clothes and personal belongings of their sons from the notorious Saydnaya prison near Damascus.

The 25 men who revolted against Bashar al-Assad at the first years of Syrian uprising in 2011 were arrested like thousands more and deposed in the military security chambers and cells.

Local source told Zaman al-Wasl that the detainees were tortured to death in Saydnaya prison, one of the country's largest detention centres located 30km north of Damascus.

Zaman al-Wasl has obtained the names of the detainees. One of Kanaker residents assured to Zaman al-Wasl that his brother’s name is on the list.  He was arrested five years ago by the Air Force Intelligence, he said.

Fate of thousands of detainees is still unknown as human rights activists fear they were executed or tortured to death.

Kanaker reached a reconciliation deal with the regime in 2016 where hundreds of rebels evacuated the town and the state facilities re-operated again. 

In 2017, Amnesty International said about 13,000 people were hanged in five years at Saydnaya prison, accusing the regime of a "policy of extermination".

Titled "Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hanging and extermination at Saydnaya prison," Amnesty's damning report, released on Tuesday, is based on interviews with 84 witnesses, including guards, detainees, and judges, according to Al Jazeera.

It found that at least once a week between 2011 and 2015, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells for arbitrary trials, beaten, then hanged "in the middle of the night and in total secrecy."

نفوس يبرود 30 اسما 

-SNHR Report-

 Families whose members have fallen a victim to the crime of enforced-disappearance avidly try to find information about their relatives and children which involved in many cases paying large sums of money to mafia-like organized networks that were the by-product of this catastrophe. However, only a very few were able to acquire merely information. The Syrian authorities, on the other hand, deny constantly anything of this sort, and not only they have yet to launch any investigation or hold any official accountable, but they protect officials and legalize the crime, if not being directly involved in it.
The report, which was released by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, notes that many Syrian families were shocked when they went to civil registration offices to finish a paperwork related to their children or relatives who have been forcibly disappeared at the hands of the Syrian regime for long times that can amount to years as they found out that their beloved ones have been written off as dead. The report says that such cases were notably frequent in the governorates of Hama, Damascus, Damascus suburbs, Latakia, Homs, and Hasaka.

More than 400,000 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt against Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.   

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