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Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Prison

Published : 16-03-2020

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Prison

Palestinian refugee Mamdouh Rebhi Khalifa has died under torture in Syrian government prisons, where he had been locked up for nearly six months.

The victim, a resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, was arrested in May 2014 at his home in Kafr Sousa, in Damascus.

AGPS data indicates that 618 Palestinian refugees have died under torture in Syria’s state-run penitentiaries.

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/9841

Palestinian refugee Mamdouh Rebhi Khalifa has died under torture in Syrian government prisons, where he had been locked up for nearly six months.

The victim, a resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, was arrested in May 2014 at his home in Kafr Sousa, in Damascus.

AGPS data indicates that 618 Palestinian refugees have died under torture in Syria’s state-run penitentiaries.

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/9841