Detainees of Hama Central prison carry out a hunger strike protesting against the intention of regime’s security to execute 11 civilians of the prisoners of conscience in Hama prison
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the detainees of Hama Central prison -who were imprisoned by the Syrian regime and its security branches against the backdrop of charges related to the Syrian revolution since its start in March 2011- have entered into an open hunger strike protesting regime’s rulings against 11 prisoners at Hama Central Prison with death sentence; because they participated in demonstrations in various Syrian areas calling for the overthrow of the regime, while fears still persist for the lives of the 11 detainees, where the regime is preparing to carry out the death sentence against them, amid continued silence from the international community, the responsible international courts, and international parties.
The Syrian Observatory published on the 9th of November 2018 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources about the detainees in the prisons and detentions of the regime, of who have been imprisoned on the background of charges related to the Syrian revolution since March 2011, and in the details confirmed by the Syrian Observatory’s reliable sources: more than 104 Syrian citizen were executed, killed, and martyred in the prisons of the regime forces and its intelligence services, where more than 83% of them were liquidated, killed, and died in these camps between May 2013 and October 2015, the sources also confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that more than 30000 detainees were killed in the notorious prison of Sednaya, while the second predominant percentage was in the Air Intelligence branches run by the serial killer Jamil Al-Hassan, the General in the ranks of regime’s intelligence.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from its own sources that Iran bears the primary responsibility with the regime of Bashar al-Assad in killing and liquidating the detainees and leaving them to their fate of hunger and sickness, as they used to supervise the prisons and jails of the regime forces and intelligence, until after the entry of the Russian forces in the Syrian conflict line in the end of September 2015, which took over the detainee file from the regime which used to promote it in the international forums and meetings, where the detainee file was changed.
Despite the fact that Russia took over the file, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored the failure of the Russians in releasing tens of thousands of detainees who are still inside regime’s prisons and detention centers, where more than 80000 prisoners are still alive in the prisons and detentions of the regime, some of whom have spent years in detention under disastrous humanitarian conditions, and the sources confirmed that some of the detainees died in dormitories as a result of their poor health, the significant reduction in food, and the lack of medical and health care, as well as torturing, beating, and insulting the detainees on various charges.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published that the civil registry departments in the government of the Syrian regime, are continuing to issue death certificates of detainees who died under torture several detainees confirmed to families of other detainees who received confirmed information about the death of their children inside regime’s detention centers; that they were still alive and that they had been seen in several detentions recently in 2018, although they were officially declared dead by the regime in 2013 through death cards handed over to their relatives by the military police, and reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the regime is keeping the detainees hidden and keeps their fate unknown for unknown purposes until now.
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 16063 civilians by names, they are: 15874 men and young men, 125 children under the age of eighteen, and 64 women over the age of eighteen out of 104 thousand people of whom the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that they were killed inside the branches, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored regime’s authorities handing over of arrested people who were killed to the civil registry secretariats in several Syrian areas, including areas in the Western Ghouta, al-Qalamoun, Aleppo, al-Hasakah, the countryside of Idlib and several other places, these names of detainees were killed in prisons and detentions as a result of torture, starvation, diseases, and other conditions within regime’s detentions, where lists of 4000 names have been handed over to the civil registry secretariats to register their names on the death lists, which raised resentment of thousands of families of the detainees in the prisons of the regime forces, fearing for the fate of their children who they have no information about since they were arrested, because the regime forces prevented them from visiting their children.
Also Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the regime issuing death sentence against 11 detainees in Hama Central Prison, against the backdrop of their participation in demonstrations in various Syrian areas and calling for the overthrow of the regime, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received copies of sound recordings attributed to prisoners in Hama central prison, confirmed that 11 inmates of Hama prison will be taken to Sednaya to carry out death sentences issued by the judiciary, amid mediation by the individual military judge in Hama to transport the prisoners on the pretext of attending a trial and returning them, but the sources confirmed that the transfer from Hama prison to the notorious Sednaya prison is to carry out the death sentence, amid calls and distress calls from the convicted prisoners to rescue them and to prevent their executions, despite Russian promises to release detainees at a time where the death penalty order was issued.
We at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights call on the international parities and regional and international organizations to work diligently and earnestly, so that the file of releasing tens of thousands of detainees and abductees gets the priority of any political meeting, conference or negotiation, and not to be just a talk, but there must be practical steps to begin releasing the detainees, also we in the Syrian Observatory strongly condemn turning the issue of tens of thousands of abductees and detainees to a paper manipulated by different parties, whether these parties were the regime and its allies, or the Syrian opposition parties, where out of responsibility the issue of detainees must be reactivated after being absent by parties who have made other files and interests as their priority, we also urge the international community particularly the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Security Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to act immediately by putting pressure on the Syrian regime, in order to release the remaining detainees, and to work on establishing a court to bring the criminals, killers and their masters to court, and to bring justice for those detainees as well.