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36 Palestinian Residents of AlSayeda Zeinab Camp Secretly Held in Syrian Jails

Published : 21-09-2019

36 Palestinian Residents of AlSayeda Zeinab Camp Secretly Held in Syrian Jails

AGPS kept record of the secret detention of 36 Palestinian refugees sheltered in Syria’s AlSayeda Zeinab Camp from March 2011 until mid-September 2019.

According to AGPS statistics, five Palestinians who had sought refuge in the camp were fatally tortured in Syria’s government prisons, where a total of at least 607 Palestinians also died under torture.

AGPS has documented the incarceration of 1,768 Palestinian refugees in Syrian state-run penal complexes.

AGPS believes that the number is far higher due to the gag orders enforced by the Syrian authorities on the detainees’ fates and names, along with the reluctance of the refugee families to reveal the names of their deceased or missing relatives for fear of retaliation.

Activists continue to accuse pro-government militias of targeting Palestinians in arbitrary abduction sweeps carried out under the security guise. Scores of families have been blackmailed over the release of their missing relatives and have paid large sums of money to brokers, crooked lawyers, or government officials to get pieces of information about their conditions and whereabouts.

Affidavits by ex-detainees provided evidence on the involvement of Syrian government officers in harsh torture tactics, including electric shocks, heavy beating using whips and iron sticks, and sexual abuse against Palestinian detainees, in a flagrant violation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, commonly known as the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT).

AGPS continues to urge the Syrian government to disclose the fate of scores of Palestinians forcibly disappeared in state-run dungeons, release the bodies of those tortured to death, seriously work on halting harsh torture tactics, launch fact-finding probes into crimes of torture, and to bring those involved in such crimes before courts.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9120

AGPS kept record of the secret detention of 36 Palestinian refugees sheltered in Syria’s AlSayeda Zeinab Camp from March 2011 until mid-September 2019.

According to AGPS statistics, five Palestinians who had sought refuge in the camp were fatally tortured in Syria’s government prisons, where a total of at least 607 Palestinians also died under torture.

AGPS has documented the incarceration of 1,768 Palestinian refugees in Syrian state-run penal complexes.

AGPS believes that the number is far higher due to the gag orders enforced by the Syrian authorities on the detainees’ fates and names, along with the reluctance of the refugee families to reveal the names of their deceased or missing relatives for fear of retaliation.

Activists continue to accuse pro-government militias of targeting Palestinians in arbitrary abduction sweeps carried out under the security guise. Scores of families have been blackmailed over the release of their missing relatives and have paid large sums of money to brokers, crooked lawyers, or government officials to get pieces of information about their conditions and whereabouts.

Affidavits by ex-detainees provided evidence on the involvement of Syrian government officers in harsh torture tactics, including electric shocks, heavy beating using whips and iron sticks, and sexual abuse against Palestinian detainees, in a flagrant violation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, commonly known as the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT).

AGPS continues to urge the Syrian government to disclose the fate of scores of Palestinians forcibly disappeared in state-run dungeons, release the bodies of those tortured to death, seriously work on halting harsh torture tactics, launch fact-finding probes into crimes of torture, and to bring those involved in such crimes before courts.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9120