The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Amid ongoing inaction by international authorities | Syrian regime continue arresting and torturing Syrians

SOHR documents the arrest of 75 Syrians and death of nine civilians under torture in regime prisons in 50 days

 

Arbitrary arrests by regime security services continue in regime-controlled areas throughout Syria in light of ongoing inaction by the United Nations and human rights and humanitarian organisations interested in the Syrian affairs. Meanwhile, all calls and appeals to disclose the fate of detainees held in regime prisons remain unheeded.

 

In 2024, regime authorities have not changed their policy to repress Syrian civilians and continued their arbitrary arrests in all provinces, amid the death of more civilians under torture in regime prisons and security centres.

 

Since early 2024, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the arrest of 75 civilians by names, including a woman, in regime-controlled areas across Syria on different charges, the most prominent of which are “evading the mandatory and reserve conscription in the regime army,” “communicating with foreign bodies,” and “cybercrimes.” They are distributed regionally as follows:

 

  • Rif Dimashq: 20 civilians.

 

  • Deir Ezzor: 13 civilians, including a woman.

 

  • Daraa: 12 civilians.

 

  • Aleppo: Ten civilians.

 

  • Homs: 15 civilians.

 

  • Latakia: Three civilians.

 

  • Hama: Two civilians.

 

Meanwhile, SOHR documented the death of nine persons, including a political activist, a university student and a writer, under torture in the regime prisons and detention centres in January 2024.

 

SOHR also confidently estimates that the total number of arrested people is much higher. However, the families of some detainees preferred to keep the identities of their sons secret, fearing persecution and punishment by the bodies that had arrested them.

 

We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), warn against the repercussions of violating and non-complying with international accords signed by Syria, as well as the ongoing indifference by the warring powers in Syria to the issue of detainees and forcibly disappeared. We also appeal to the international community to seriously intensify its efforts to disclose the fate of the detainees and forcibly disappeared people, and identify and hold the perpetrators accountable

 

SOHR attaches the highest importance to this issue of detainees and always strives to highlight their and their families’ plight and sufferings. SOHR also warns against using “terrorism” as an excuse to arrest politicians and human rights activists, using laws of counter-terrorism to justify arbitrary arrests.