Over 17,000 Killed in Syrian Government Jails: Rights Group


assad-syria-killerThe young Syrian activist was beaten, prevented from going to the toilet and saw her cellmates taken for rounds of whipping when she was held for more than a month in several government detention facilities.

Still, Lama is considered lucky, as more than 17,000 detainees have died in the government’s custody over the past five years as a result of torture, diseases and other causes, according to a report released Thursday by the London-based Amnesty International.

The report, titled “‘It breaks the human,” includes interviews with 65 torture survivors who described abuse and inhuman conditions in security branches operated by Syrian intelligence agencies and in Saidnaya Military Prison, near Damascus.

It said common methods of torture included forcibly contorting the victim’s body into a tire and flogging on the soles of the feet. The authorities also used electric shocks, rape and sexual violence, the pulling out of fingernails or toenails, scalding with hot water and cigarette burns.

“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,” said Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa program.

“This journey is often lethal, with detainees being at risk of death in custody at every stage,” he said. He urged the international community to bring these abuses to the top of the agenda in talks with both the government and armed groups.

The abuses date back to the start of the Syrian uprising against President Bashar Assad in March 2011. The government’s harsh crackdown on dissent and the rise of armed opposition groups eventually ignited a civil war that has killed more than 250,000 people, displaced half the country’s population and generated more than 4.8 million refugees.

Lama, who now lives in Europe and asked to be identified only by her first name for fear of retribution, told The Associated Press by telephone that she was hit with a thick stick five times on her shoulder during her 41-day detention that ended on Jan. 7, 2015. She said a fellow detainee was repeatedly whipped, leaving marks on her back, and another was raped by her interrogator.

“I consider myself lucky,” she said, adding that one detainee who shared the small cell with her and others had an 18-month-old daughter. Lama was moved through four detention facilities, including Saidnaya, before being released. Her only crime was taking part in anti-government protests.

Lama said some days she received bread, boiled potato and a tomato, and other times was given rice with boiled carrots and cauliflower. Lama said infants had to eat the same food as adults and if anyone got sick there were no doctors to check on them.

She said that a diabetic woman who had to frequently go to the toilet used a bucket to urinate.

The Amnesty report highlights new statistics from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, or HRDAG, an organization that uses scientific approaches to analyze human rights violations, which indicate that 17,723 people died in custody across Syria between March 2011 and the end of 2015.

“With tens of thousands of people forcibly disappeared in detention facilities across Syria, the real figure is likely to be even higher,” Amnesty said.




53 responses to “Over 17,000 Killed in Syrian Government Jails: Rights Group”

  1. This type of treatment is only the start. If Assad remains dictator it will get much worse. And Hezb/Iran is also ok with these type of human rights they do it all the time and now with the full backing of Russian airforce to protect and insulate the weak ass armies in Syria.
    Time to continue the sunni genocide that Iran wants so bad.

    1. Sunni genocide? You Zionist-Wahhabi vermin. They are not Sunni and you know it.They are Wahhabis supported by Zionists.

      Back to topic …


      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        you too
        a couple of weeks/months in saidnaya will definitely do you some good for a change

        1. Oh, interesting, it’s not Mazeh this time but Saidnaya? Do you abruptly wake up every night trembling that Assad got you haboob? Drop your Drama Queen act. If your story is true, you were questioned by some Syrian soldiers in Lebanon and were let go. The fact that you were scared shitless is because you were brought up like a girl. Yet, you act like you were sent to a prison in Syria where they tortured you for years. I get it and I agree with you wholeheartdely: what Syria did in Lebanon is not acceptable but you need to ask yourself who allowed them to be there and do what they did for three decades. Once you find that answer, ask yourself if you hatred of Lebanon and the Lebanese is justified. There again, I agree with you, most are idiots but they had nothing to do with what Syria did.

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            mazzeh confused your thinking
            saidnaya will do you good

          2. What do you know Mazzeh or Saidnaya haboob?

          3. MekensehParty Avatar

            That you graduated from one and hopefully retire in the other

          4. Zzz …

          5. Omega feel brave now that he licks Russian boots. It is the only reason the Syrian war is not over yet. I think the US should pull out and stop investing in these useless people.
            Khamenei and Company will enjoy the Russian bear riding their women for a change.

          6. UK’s whore, the USA, has bullied and waged wars all over the world since WWII. It finally met its match with Russia. Drama queens in the likes don’t like it and whine. Deal with it.

            Resorting to making up lies about others (riding their women) says a great deal about you and what you would do.

      2. You somehow feel Assad is an honorable man laughing at the world? Are you really that blind to not see his evil needs to change? He is just another Saddam era tyrant that Iran just happens to support to save their Hezzy jihad party. Don’t get too happy yet, Hezb/Iran will have to give up a lot of martyrs yet to hold this pile of rubble. And don’t forget after all the shiite cannon fodder, Assad still has to pay the Russians because they own his ass.

        1. Three days ago, I was told by you what/who I support, now what I feel? What part of “quit putting word in people’s mouth” don’t you understand?

          How is Assad evil when he protected the Christians in Syria? Care to explain? He’s only “evil” because that is what the Western narrative says – you just happen to parrot it like a champ. None of what’s happening in Syria would be if Assad said “yes” to the Qatari pipeline. Russia would have never intervened otherwise.

          Saddam you say? Aside from being enthroned, armed and supported for decades by the USA, he was secular and very much against the Islamists – he knew he had to keep them in check to prevent exactly what’s happening now (ISIS, etc). Yet, the USA made up lies after lies after lies until they invaded them illegally. The Bush administration tried to blame Iraq for having hidden foreknowledge of the attacks of 9/11 (something they repeated until 9/11 happened). Iraq denied and invited the FBI to investigate to see for themselves. When the Bush administration saw they could not get away with that lie, they orchestrated the WMDs lie. Saddam and Iraq wanted Peace with the USA – especially after the several, damaging, years of sanctions. Iraq gave the US preferential contracts: the purchase of 1 million American cars per year for 10 years, all the telecommunication, health, pharmaceutical, etc deals to US company only. The only organization in the USA that would not have profited from that Peace was the Military-Industrial-Complex. You do the math as to why the Bush administration opted for an illegal war/invasion rather than Peace. Get your fvcking facts straights next time you decide to open your mouth.

  2. MekensehParty Avatar

    3a ‘belik ya hind
    may you find yourself one day in a place like that
    maybe you’ll sing a different song

    1. Drop your act, you never went to either Mazzeh and/or Saidnaya – but you seem to fetish about it.

      Different song you say? Like the “new” one you’re singing?

      I read a comment recently on another site that said: The worst kind of right-wingers were former left-wingers. That’s you right there.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        Don’t use vocabulary you don’t understand. One can immediately notice it.

        1. I am glad you recognized yourself.

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            ah you woke up
            tough to sleep long with this smell huh?

          2. Are you sure you’re from Lebanon?

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    NY TIMES still using that ‘250,000 people’ number … TOO Weird.

    1. Repetition is key.

      Just like the 6 million number – it was repeated ad nauseam from early 1900 to 1938.

      Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Ad nauseam.

      1. I KNEW it was the Jews’ fault. Just like your bad skin in high school.

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          ‘Michael Weiss blog he most admires is Harry’s Place, (your place), a notorious haven for refugees from various leftist movements who’ve “seen the light” and turned to the right. Among their chief occupations is bashing figures on the left, especially those who criticize Israel or endorse Palestinian rights.’

        2. Repetition is one of the variable of the forced-narrative’s process.

        3. He still has rotting teeth. Those Talmud-toting Jooish dentists are to blame.

  4. 17,000 deaths in prisons alone….and yet our assad followers keep quiet about this…I guess mass murdering and abuse are a must for “secular Syria” and for “protecting the minorities”.

    1. How many Palestinian deaths nobody hears about?

      How many millions dead from the US’ illegal invasions?

      1. low in compare to the confirmed and documented number stated above.
        Just to make it clearer: we’re comparing here the number of tortured and murdered inmates in a Syrian government prison since 2011 to the total number of palis killed by Israelies,right?no battle bomb casualties,no starvation,no chemical attacks ,nothing like that,only the number of murdered inmates,right?
        If you want to go down that lane, I got the magic number for you.just need your confirmation.

        1. Just to make it clearer: we’re comparing here the number of tortured and murdered inmates in a Syrian government prison since 2011 to the total number of palis killed by Israelies,right?

          Reading comprehension or do you take want and discard the rest? My comment said: Palestinians deaths and the millions killed by the US’s illegal invasions.

          Are you telling me IsraHell has a similar confirmed and document number on how many Palestinians die in their prisons? Let me laugh.

          The only “magic” number mankind ever heard of is the “6 million”.

          1. Ohh… So you don’t want to know…that’s understandable… Lol
            And of course we do, we’re not arab dictatorship and we have all those Saudi backed “human rights”groups in Israel to keep their own count as well.
            Laugh as you like little racist,truth does not care.

          2. An Israeli calling someone “racist”. Oh man, the irony.

            You don’t need my “confirmation” and I never said I don’t want to know.

            My initial comment had two parts:

            1. How many Palestinian deaths nobody hears about?

            2. How many millions dead from the US’ illegal invasions?

            Being the lying Israeli you are, you had to twist the whole thing …

            You: “Just to make it clearer: we’re comparing here the number of tortured and murdered inmates in a Syrian government prison since 2011 to the total number of palis killed by Israelies,right?”

            The point of my comment, which you got but act like you did not, is that the Western-Zionist narrative can point the finger as much as it wants, they should look at themselves first.

          3. In that case little racist,The point of the article (yep, I said ilittle racist again ) is how many people did bashar’s henchmen tturtured to death….i totally understand you hate the inconvenient truth but there it is…out there in the open…Assad is a war criminal, you are a Jew hater spoiled bastard that can’t take criticism 🙂
            Told you once ,little racist, better step out of the closet.

            As for your “claims” …try to be less abstract and more accurate on facts and numbers and no, the killer argument “everybody knows” is not a valid argument out side the arab world.

            I apologise but you must operate some gray cells if you want me to listen

          4. I never said Assad is innocent but you should look at what IsraHell does before pointing a finger.

            Where did I write “everybody knows”? Show me. That’s one statement I cannot stand.

          5. Well omega,its takes more then saying assad is “not innocent”. If he is not innocent then ISIS is “not innocent”when it comes to burning people alive.
            The magic number I talk about is 15,000 deaths documented since the beginning of pali Israeli conflict.
            Less then the number of those died in the mentioned prison above.
            Before claiming someone is hellish, one need to make sure he really can claim the moral higher ground and the way things are now- there is not one arab country that can claim to have that.

            As for “everybody knows” -i apologise, you are correct. Did not see it in your comments.cheers (so many haters mistake it for a valid argument that it blows my mind.however, I confused your comments with man-o,sorry).

          6. I never said Assad was innocent or a saint but to compare him to ISIS is pushed. The ones who were against Assad and who joined the ranks of ISIS all say the same: ISIS is in another universe of bad (head-chopping, burning alive, etc). All in all, bad is bad, yes but do you expect a ME leader/ruler to be nice? Have you seen the amount of religious zealots in the region? Saddam and Qaddafi (both secular) kept those crazies in check but were invaded illegally and replaced by medieval, religious islamists – why? Why is it the USA supports them rather than secular men who moved their country forward? It doesn’t add up. When it comes to human rights, violations, repression/oppression, Israel is not any better than Syria, Turkey, and the rest of the gang – let’s get real.

            All good about “everybody knows”.

    2. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Pro-Israeli Bias at the NYTimes
      John Glaser Posted on June 6, 2011

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Zionist bias:
          No fewer than seven Jews – Frank Chodorov, Marvin Liebman, Eugene Lyons, Frank Meyer, Morrie Ryskind, William Schlamm, and Ralph De Toledano, were members of William Buckley’s inner circle when he launched National Review in 1955.”

          1. Rudy1947 Avatar

            So what. Buckley can hire whoever he wants, perhaps they were just a brighter than others vying for the job.

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            For the record, not for you Osso Bucco

          3. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Also the article was written in 2015, not 1955.

          4. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            It was founded in 1955.

          5. Rudy1947 Avatar

            That’s nice, was Ian Tuttle even born then?

          6. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Waash..looks like you don’t like it hein? Useless spammer.
            Ian Tuttle is the Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow at the National Review Institute.

          7. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Yup, did you find out if he’s Jewish yet.

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Why don’t you?

          9. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I don’t care, but you seem obsessed with it.

          10. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You’re obsessive, blocked

          11. Rudy1947 Avatar

            The honor and privilege of being blocked. I am humbled by this honor. LMAO!!!

          12. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            @Rudy1948 below.. the honour and privilege is mine.

      1. The report is by amnesty international,a very credible source.
        The outlet that brought it to us is irrelevant,am I right?

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Posted on June 6, 2011. Comparing real news with NYT. If you read it completely

          “It’s no secret the U.S. media is tilted far in favor of Israel. Just look at how two very similar events are treated in the NYTimes, one about a country deemed “bad guy” by U.S. policy, the other “our greatest friend and ally.”

          Children Are Among Casualties of Syrian Military Raids After Demonstrations:

          Syrian military forces killed 42 people Wednesday, including a 10-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl, in raids on a string of towns around the central city of Homs as the government continued trying to crush a three-month-old popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, human rights activists said.”

  5. More Arabs died in Syrian jails than in all intifadahs combined (x3 or more). But the Jew haters still make this about Israel.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad


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