Over 14,300 people tortured to death in Syria: report

Jun 26, 2020

A total of 14,388 people have been documented as being tortured to death in Syrian civil war since March 2011 – an average of just over four people per day - with the vast majority of these killed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to a new report from the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

Ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, SNHR, which documents violations of civil rights, prepared a special report for the Anadolu Agency on victims killed under torture in Syria

The UN has observed the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26 every year since 1997 with the ultimate objective of eradicating torture.

At least 177 children and 63 women are included amongst those documented as being killed under torture in Syria, the report said.

The Assad regime claimed the lives of 14,235 people through tortures, including 173 children and 46 women, it added.

Meanwhile, the YPG/PKK terrorist organization tortured to death a total of 52 people, including one child and two women, and the Daesh/ISIS terrorist organization killed 32 civilians, including one child and 14 women.

Military opposition and anti-regime armed groups killed 69 people, including two children and one woman, as a result of torture.

The report also stated that the Assad regime forces tortured 1.2 million Syrians, who were detained during the civil war, most of whom are still detained by the regime.

'Torture for revenge'

"The Syrian regime applies torture to take revenge on the opposition," the report said, adding that the regime forces use 72 methods of physical, psychological and sexual torture against detainees in regime prisons.

The report highlighted that the detainees live in horrendous conditions without any sanitation or ventilation, while most of the regime prisons keep 50 people in cells measuring an average of 24 square meter (around 258 square feet).

SNHR also stressed that detainees are facing additional dangers to their life due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic in regime areas.

Opposition sources say that at least 500,000 people are currently detained in the regime's prisons and interrogation centers.

Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.