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4 years since arrest, Surgeon Hayel Hamid still missing

4 years since arrest, Surgeon Hayel Hamid still missing

Reporting by Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian security forces are still detaining the Palestinian Surgeon Dr. Hayel Hamid for the fourth year after arresting him in his clinic in Yarmouk camp for Palestinian Refugees southern of Damascus, and refuse to reveal information about his fate. A...

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Nearly 18,000 died in Syria state jails in 2011-15, says Amnesty

Nearly 18,000 died in Syria state jails in 2011-15, says Amnesty

(BBC)- Nearly 18,000 people died in government custody in Syria in 2011-15, an Amnesty International report says, alleging beatings and rape in prisons. Amnesty says its document includes interviews with 65 "torture survivors", who have described appalling abuse in jails and detention centres....

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Forgotten in Hell: Nidal's torture journey ended with Palmyra prison breakout

Forgotten in Hell: Nidal's torture journey ended with Palmyra prison breakout

Writing by Faris al-Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Nidal Nour-Eddin Mahmood, a young man in his twenties from Bosra al-Harir spoke about his 4-year-hard experience in Syrian intelligence prisons, that started in 2012, ended up in 2016 when the Islamic State attacked the brutal prison on Palmyra....

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Torture Memo: Regime security uses acid as torture tool

Torture Memo: Regime security uses acid as torture tool

Translation by Rana Abdul (Zaman al-Wasl)- In an afternoon in 2012, Syrian regime arrested a university student in Aleppo at air intelligence checkpoint. The student Hasan al-Wasil was released weeks after a corpse with no features after he was burned with acid as done to many corpses shown in...

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Ex-detainee tells about horror of Sednaya Prison, 285 Security Branch

Ex-detainee tells about horror of Sednaya Prison, 285 Security Branch

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Before he was detained in Assad’s prisons, he was healthy. He came out of the prison, ill and drained out of torture. His body is a witness to what Syrians face in the basements of death and cells of daily killing. Doctor Kamal Muhee al-Deen al-Jum’a devoted himself to the...

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Sick detainees face more torture in military hospitals

Sick detainees face more torture in military hospitals

Writing by Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Rana Abdul (Zaman Al Wasl)- An ex-detainee in Saydnaya Prison recounts his suffering during his journey to receive treatment while being detained in the prison. The suffering started with the drive along with other detained patients in a vehicle with...

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Mohamed Diab, youngest Palestinian detainee tortured to death: monitor

Mohamed Diab, youngest Palestinian detainee tortured to death: monitor

Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Working Group for Palestinians in Syria said the Syrian regime had tortured to death Palestinian boy over participating in demonstrations against Bashar al-Asaad's regime three years ago. The London-based group said Mohamed Abdulla Yusuf Eid...

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Torture victims profiles: activist Marwan Hussein

Torture victims profiles: activist Marwan Hussein

Writing by Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- An aid and relief activist was arrested 3 years ago and died 3 days later under torture , but his body was not handed to his parents till now, while parents recognized his body among the leaked photos for bodies in the...

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Forgotten in Hell: Al-Shami tells his torture story in security chambers

Forgotten in Hell: Al-Shami tells his torture story in security chambers

Writing by Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Rana Abdul (Zaman Al Wasl)- The lingering time at the dark cell does not interrupt the sound of cough of one of the ex-detainees who got tuberculosis due to humidity everywhere in the Sednaya Prison. Abu Mohamed al-Shami, a virtual name, an...

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Video: inhumane torture game by Syrian security

Video: inhumane torture game by Syrian security

Zaman Al Wasl (Video)- A shocking footage circulated online showed two Syrian brothers, most likely twins, being humiliated and tortured by a maniac slap-game in one of the notorious Syrian security services. The heavy-weight security agent seemed enjoying this kind of inhuman torture by...

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Forgotten in Hell: Doctor tells her torture memos in Intelligence chambers

Forgotten in Hell: Doctor tells her torture memos in Intelligence chambers

(Reporting by Lama Shammas; translation by Yusra Ahmed) ISTANBUL (Zaman Al Wasl)- Abir N, a Syrian doctor who used to work individually to treat wounded victims of bombings in Damascus.  She was known as the “doctor of Jaramana” that eastern suburb of Damascus,  due to her...

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Former orderly reveals more about Ragheed Al Tutari's life in prison

Former orderly reveals more about Ragheed Al Tutari's life in prison

Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- A former nurse in Damascus Central Prison, also know as Adra,  has revealed to Zaman al Wasl new details about the lieutenant pilot Ragheed al-Tutari, who is behind bars since 34 years ago. The nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity,...

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'How I was tortured in a Syrian jail'

'How I was tortured in a Syrian jail'

By Secunder Kermani (BBC)- "Farah" was born in Britain but grew up in Syria. Last year, she was arrested by the Syrian government security forces, who accused her of being an opposition activist. She blames Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the torture that followed, and...

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'I am nothing more than media subject, Humanitarian Organisations ignore us': former detainee

'I am nothing more than media subject, Humanitarian Organisations ignore us': former detainee

(Writing by Faris al Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) (Zaman Al Wasl)- A former detainee expressed the feeling of disappointment and pain she felt because of neglect and carelessness she faced after freeing. The former detainee explained that she with other 7 detainees were transferred...

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Hundreds die in Sednaya military prison due to torture, disease, malnutrition: former prisoner

Hundreds die in Sednaya military prison due to torture, disease, malnutrition: former prisoner

(Translation by Yusra Ahmed) (Zaman Al Wasl)- A former detainee in Sednaya prison revealed that thousands of detainees there were killed in Tishreen Military hospital in Damascus, as the hospital had designated small rooms to each military of civil prison, in those rooms many...

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Amnesty condemns Syria for disappearance of detainees

Amnesty condemns Syria for disappearance of detainees

The Syrian state and allied militia have detained and abducted tens of thousands of people since 2011 in a campaign of enforced disappearances that is a crime against humanity, Amnesty International said in a report on Thursday. The rights watchdog interviewed relatives of the...

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Torture for fun was jailers' hobby in security chambers: detainee

Torture for fun was jailers' hobby in security chambers: detainee

(Writing by Faris AL Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Mahmood al-Naser, former detainee in the Syrian regime’s prisons, cannot forget his painful and traumatising experience, not only the pain of torturing, but the suffering of other detainees who were like alive bodies waiting to die....

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Former detainee reveals the ugly facts of Sweida Central Prison

Former detainee reveals the ugly facts of Sweida Central Prison

(Translation by Yusra Ahmed) A newly-freed prisoner from the central prison in Sweida talked about the unbelievable violations inside the prison. Issa, the nickname of the speaker to Zaman al-Wasl, he is a university student from the province of Damascus countryside was arrested by the Syrian...

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