“Caesar Act” has never been a deterrence or an obstacle for regime security services’ abuses against the Syrian prisoners, as they continued using various ways and means of torture. Although the act came into effect a few months ago, the killing is continuing in regime’s prisons, since more people recently died under torture. The act is named after “Caesar”, unidentified person who has leaked thousands of photographs of victims of torture and Syrian regime’s abuses against civilian prisoners.
According to Syrian Observatory statistics, over 151 prisoners have died under torture in regime security and intelligence service’s prisons since “Caesar Act” was passed in mid-December 2019. However, SOHR is not disclosing the names of 65 other victims upon the request of their families.
It is worth noting that a large number of the victims died and documented by SOHR before mid-December 2019. However, regime authorities delivered death certificates and IDs of these victims to their families after “Caesar Act” was ratified.
As more people perish in detentions, the number of civilians who have died under torture in regime’s prisons since the beginning of the Syrian revolution rose to 16,212 fatalities, all documented by names: 16,023 men and young men, 125 children under the age of eighteen, and 64 women over the age of eighteen.
Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that the number of people killed, executed and/or died in regime prisons exceeded 104,000 people. Over 83% of the total death toll were killed and/or died in these prisons between May 2013 and October 2015. SOHR sources have also confirmed that more than 30,000 detainees were killed in the notorious prison of Sednaya alone, while the second largest percentage of killing occurred in the Air Force Intelligence detention facilities or prisons.