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615 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails

Published : 18-12-2019

615 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails

Palestinian refugee Mohamed AlSirsawi, aged 50, has died under torture in a Syrian prison. His family was updated on his death a few days ago. He was a resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus.

Mohamed’s death brings the toll of victims of torture among Palestinian refugees in Syria to 615.

AGPS estimates the real number to be far higher due to the gag orders slapped by the Syrian government on the detainees’ names and fates, along with the families’ reluctance to report such cases over retaliation concerns.

Affidavits by ex-detainees have 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 prisoners, 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 held in its lock-ups, release the bodies of those tortured to death, to 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 : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9496

Palestinian refugee Mohamed AlSirsawi, aged 50, has died under torture in a Syrian prison. His family was updated on his death a few days ago. He was a resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus.

Mohamed’s death brings the toll of victims of torture among Palestinian refugees in Syria to 615.

AGPS estimates the real number to be far higher due to the gag orders slapped by the Syrian government on the detainees’ names and fates, along with the families’ reluctance to report such cases over retaliation concerns.

Affidavits by ex-detainees have 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 prisoners, 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 held in its lock-ups, release the bodies of those tortured to death, to 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 : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9496