detention center

Enforced Disappearance in Syria by Assad Regime

A prisoner’s Dream

I dream of seeing my family even if only for one hour.
I want to kiss my kdis and make sure they are alive.
Even if I come back to die, I don’t mind.
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I dream of getting out of here.
I don’t wanna waste my life here.
If I am released now, I may still be able to catch up with my
University exams…
Maybe, I wouldn’t lose that much then…

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I dream of an antibiotic pill to cure the skin inflammation
and dimples that are eating me up.
I want to get rid of the humiliation and the ugliness of my
“scales-like” skin so that those who carry my body for burial
would not be disgusted and my cell-mates are not repulsed by
the rotting smell.

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I am craving for a piece of pistachio sweets.

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Detained doctor: ‘Prisoners just want to die to end the pain’


Save The Rest
Published on Sep 22, 2015

This is what’s happening in Assad’s prisons #SaveTheRest … They deserve to live freely!
هذا جزء مما يحصل في سجون الأسد : ورود سوريا وخيرة أبناء سوريا وبناتها تغتال بصمت… أنقذوا البقية .. لأننا نحتاجهم .. لأنهم يستحقون الحياة

European Parliament: don’t hide Syria’s war crimes

To: Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

It is shameful that your committee has banned the official display of Syrian torture pictures because they are “disturbing and offensive”. It is the torture itself that is disturbing and offensive. These pictures were shown at the United Nations in New York, the U.S. Congress and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. They should be shown at the European Parliament so that politicians making decisions about Syria know the truth. There are many ways to warn the public about the graphic nature of these images – that is no reason for censorship. Please overturn this decision immediately to demonstrate support for the victims of human rights violations.

DECISION-MAKERS:

The five people on the committee refusing the exhibition are:

Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (Twitter: @emorinchartier)
Boguslaw Liberadzki (Twitter: @BLiberadzki)
Catherine Bearder (Twitter: @catherinemep)
Andrey Kovatchev (Twitter: @andreykovatchev)
Karol Adam Karski (Twitter: @profkarski)

The President of the European Parliament is also on Twitter: @martinschulz

Read more:
https://act.thesyriacampaign.org/sign/europe-stop-hiding-crimes?

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9400 Syrian Children are being detained in Assad Regime Jail System

3 Million refugees, half of them are children
13 Million people internally displaced
2 Million properties destroyed which cost 9.3 Billion
Over 250,000 people killed include 20,000+ were children
Over 1.1 Million injuried and thousand were maimed

Over 11,000 Syrian were tortured to death
Over 150,000 Syrians are still in regime’s custody

—— Approximately 9,400 Syrian child prisoners, including 1,500 are forcibly-disappeared children being detained in Assad regime’s Syrian jail system.
—— Approximately 4,600 woman prisoners, including 1,150 are forcibly disappeared women being detained in Assad regime’s Syrian jail system.
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27-01-2015 was Holocaust Memorial Day, marking 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

This is a day on which the world leaders and media are queueing up to make pious speeches and write tearful editorials about their righteous horror at Hitler’s genocide.

While the same world leaders and media are tacitly and overtly supporting Assad, the blood-drenched dictator, ongoing genocide, their pious hypocritical speeches and their lies of ‘Never Again’ are simply offensive.

9400 Syrian children being detained in Syria Assad regime' Syrian jail system.

Syria Assad Regime Silent War Crime: Systematic Mass Rape

Rape is use as weapon of war and as a tool of ethnic domination

Evidence is piling up that the Assad regime has used rape – of daughters in front of fathers, wives in front of husbands – as a targeted weapon to control, intimidation, and humiliation throughout the conflict.

Rape appears to be utilized during this conflict in horrifyingly soul-crushing, creative ways. Beyond simply raping detainees, Shabiha members or Syrian army soldiers have reportedly carried out the rapes of family members or other women in front of prisoners. Young boys were also assaulted while they were held in government detention.

The head of the Syrian League for Human Rights Abdel Karim Rihaoui has no doubt: “It is a political choice made to crush the people. Technique, sadism, perversity: Everything is meticulously organized.
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A young girl from Hama, currently a refugee in the United States, who was at home with her three brothers when soldiers burst in and told the three men to rape their sister. The first refused; they decapitated him. The second refused; he suffered the same fate. The third accepted; they killed him on the girl, whom they then raped.
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27-year-old mother of four, a graduate in management, was arrested at a checkpoint in the suburbs of Damascus. She spent 38 days in a detention center of the air force intelligence services, with around 100 other women.

“I’ve been through everything! I’ve been battered, flogged with steel cables, had cigarette butts in the neck, razor blades all over my body, electricity in my vagina. I’ve been raped while blindfolded every day by several men who stank of alcohol and obeyed their superior’s orders, who was always there. They shouted: “You wanted freedom? Well here it is!”
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“The girls would generally be shot when everyone had finished,” the Syrian soldier said. “They wanted it to be known in the neighborhoods that the girls had been raped, but they didn’t want the girls to survive and be able to identify them later.”
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“The security forces and the Shabiha took whole families outside after destroying their homes,” a woman named Amaltold the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat in June 2012. “They stripped my girls from their clothes, raped them then killed them with knives. They were shouting: ‘You want freedom? This is the best brand of freedom.’”
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“I saw maybe 100 women stripped naked and used as human shields, forced to walk on all sides of the army tanks during the fighting. When their tanks rolled back into the Alawite neighbourhood, the women disappeared with them.”
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A group of Syrian army soldiers had come to their house in Homs, tied up their father and brother, and raped the three women in front of them. The woman cried as she went on to describe how after raping them the soldiers opened their legs and burned their vaginas with cigarettes. They allegedly told the women during this: “You want freedom? This is your freedom.”
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They put a bag on her head and led her to the basement of a detention center, where she was thrown into a pitch black cell full of rats. She spent two days in solitary confinement, with no food or water, before joining two other women in a tiny cell where she spent six months. “We couldn’t lie down. We weren’t allowed to wash ourselves, even during our periods. We were raped every day, as they chanted: “We Alawites will destroy you.” A single sign of protest and we had electric prods in the vagina or anus. They beat me so much that they broke my leg. It turned black. My family didn’t hear about me for six months. As I can’t read or write, I signed any confession with my index finger.” When she was released, her husband had disappeared with their car.
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Syria Assad Regime use rape as a weapon of war

Confessions of an Assad ‘Shabiha’ loyalist: how I raped and killed for £300 a month
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9400570/Confessions-of-an-Assad-Shabiha-loyalist-how-I-raped-and-killed-for-300-a-month.html

Syria’s Silent War Crime: Systematic Mass Rape
http://www.iht.com/2014/03/12/syrias-silent-war-crime-systematic-rape/

Syria rape crisis
https://asadinvestigations.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/rape-crisis/

Syria Assad Regime Tortured Children to Death

Tamer Mohammed al-Sharei Beating Described By Fellow Proteste
AP | By JAMAL HALABY and BASSEM MROUE
Posted: 07/08/2011 8:59 am EDT

Assad’s regime brutal tortured didn’t break this 15 years old child, he die for his country and freedom!

Inside a filthy detention center in Damascus, eight or nine interrogators repeatedly bludgeoned a skinny teenager whose hands were bound and who bore a bullet wound on the left side of his chest. They struck his head, back, feet and genitals until he was left on the floor of a cell, bleeding from his ears and crying out for his mother and father to help him.

Tamer’s refusal apparently was the final straw for the interrogators.

“Guards broke his right wrist, beating him with clubs on his hands, which were tied behind his back,” al-Jahamani told The Associated Press after his release from detention, referring to the beatings as torture.

“They also beat him on the face, head, back, feet and genitals until he bled from the nose, mouth and ears and fell unconscious,” he recalled.

“He pleaded for mercy and yelled: ‘Mom, dad, come rescue me!'” al-Jahamani said. “He was lying like a dog on the floor in his underwear, with blood covering his body. But his interrogators had no compassion that they were savagely beating a boy,” al-Jahamani added, his voice breaking with emotion.

Tamer and al-Jahamani were two of thousands of Syrians caught up in mass arrests of those suspected of opposing Assad during an uprising that began in March.

Al-Jahamani witnessed the beating from a corridor lined with cells while he was waiting for two hours for the prison guards to take him to his cell. He said the corridor reeked from the stench of blood and dirty toilets and the cell beds were covered in dirty sheets.

At the lockup run by Syria’s Air Force Intelligence, security forces kept Tamer bound and nearly naked, his body covered in blood and bruises, while interrogators broke his forearm and teeth.

At one point, a doctor was brought in to revive him, al-Jahamani said.

“He gave him an injection and they started beating him again,” concentrating on his feet and genitals, and the boy started bleeding from his ears, al-Jahamani said.

The next day, the teenager’s screams abruptly stopped and al-Jahamani said he never heard a sound from him again.

Al-Jahamani, 23, told the AP he was held in the same Damascus detention center as Tamer in May and saw and heard the boy being beaten over two days.

On the first day, al-Jahamani saw a bruised Tamer face down on the floor of the corridor. Later that day, they were placed in different cells near each other on that same corridor, and al-Jahamani could hear Tamer’s screams.

The story of Tamer’s death while in detention offers a rare, first-hand account of the beatings of young detainees during the nearly 4-month-old uprising. Tamer’s case, along with another youth whose body bore signs of brutality, have galvanized thousands of protesters in the face of a brutal crackdown that has killed more than 1,400.

Al-Jahamani spoke to AP reporters by telephone and in person over two days of interviews. He asked that his precise location, somewhere along the Syrian-Jordanian border, not be revealed out of fear of retribution by Syrian secret police.

He said he fled Syria after authorities released him May 31. He spent nearly a month in detention. He showed the AP a copy of his release paper, signed and stamped by Syrian authorities after they failed to find evidence linking him to charges of incitement.

Syria has banned nearly all foreign media and restricted media coverage, making it impossible to verify events independently. But since the early days of the uprising, al-Jahamani has provided reliable witness accounts to the AP that have been confirmed by multiple sources.

Tamer’s death became known in June, when blurry cellphone videos showed the teen’s bruised and bullet-pocked body, missing most of his teeth, in a wooden coffin. In one clip, a woman cries out: “This is my son! I swear this is my son!”

Al-Jahamani said he saw the video after his release and instantly recognized the dead youth as the teen from the detention center. He had heard interrogators call him “Tamer.”

The videos have come to symbolize the brutality of a crackdown that does not even spare children, with at least 72 of them killed in the uprising, according to the Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents protests.

The account of Tamer’s beating and death could bolster calls by human rights groups that Syrian forces should be investigated for possible crimes against humanity. This week, London-based Amnesty International urged the U.N. Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for such an investigation.

“We’d like to see peaceful demonstrators allowed, and we’d like to see a real dialogue begin,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said this week. “We want to see political prisoners released. We want to see repression and torture ending in Syrian jails.”

Tamer and another youth, Hamza al-Khatib, 13, both from the southern village of Jiza in Daraa province, disappeared April 29. The province is where the uprising began after security forces arrested high school students who scrawled anti-regime graffiti on a wall.

Hamza was arrested at a demonstration and not seen again until his mutilated body, with his penis severed, was delivered to his family weeks later. He, too, has become a symbol of the revolt against Assad, driving thousands of protesters into the streets.

The deaths of Tamer and Hamza in particular enraged Syrians who have lived under a brutal dictatorship led by the Assad family dynasty for more than four decades. The protests have grown larger and drawn a broader cross section of society every week.

“I will return home to a free Syria, free of the tyrant Bashar Assad and his corrupt clique,” he said.

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Syria Assad regime torture detainees to death

Tamer Al Shara, 15 years old Syrian Boy tortured to death

Al-Jahamani said he was walking in Daraa on May 3 with his friend, Firas Nassar, when security forces asked them to stop. Nassar ran and was shot to death instantly by a plainclothes policeman.

“I was traumatized seeing my friend getting shot dead in front of my eyes,” he said. “He didn’t do anything to be killed.”

Al-Jahamani said he wasn’t afraid, but he was angry about the death of his friend.

“I had to remain quiet because they may have killed me if I did or said anything,” he said.

Al-Jahamani decided not to run.

Security agents handcuffed him, covered his eyes and pushed him into a car where he was driven for more than an hour. He later found out he was being held at the Air Force Intelligence detention center in Damascus.

He said he also was beaten with clubs and kicked by interrogators, leaving marks on his thigh long after his release. It was there that he witnessed Tamer’s beating.

“What mistake had he committed?” al-Jahamani asked. “He wanted freedom, he wanted to be like his peers elsewhere, enjoying life, going out without looking over his shoulder.”

He said he was arrested at least three times since protests swept Syria in March.

“I was arrested twice in March, once in April, and the one during which I witnessed the torture in May,” al-Jahamani said. “They were after me because I was active on Facebook and the Internet, feeding video material and pictures to show the world the brutality of Bashar Assad’s regime. I was also in contact with the media, like the AP, outside Syria.”

During his three detentions before the one in May, “the authorities used to ask me to remain quiet and not to speak out to anyone. They hacked all my emails and even my page on Facebook and my Twitter account,” he said.

Al-Jahamani said he “will not go back to Syria until the regime there is toppled.”

Read more articles:
Timeline Syria 2011-Present
http://www.timelines.ws/countries/SYRIA_B.HTML

Tamer Mohammed al-Sharei Beating Described By Fellow Protester
http://www.asfar.org.uk/slaughtered-innocence-syria.html

Bashar al-Assad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad

Syria Torture Charmers- Systematically Torture and Kill

27 detention centers across Syria where torture was systematically inflicted on prisoners: men, women, senior citizen and children, according to testimonies from more than 200 former prisoners and security officers who defected.

Brutal torture in Syria by mukhabarat, or secret police:
a) Department of Military Intelligence
b) Political Security Directorate
c) General Intelligence Directorate
d) Air Force Intelligence Directorate.

One boy came into the cell bleeding from behind. He couldn’t walk. It was something they just did to the boys.

1) “basat al reeh” in which the prisoner is tied to a board and beaten
2) “dulab” in which torturers force the prisoner’s legs and head into a car tire before beating them
3) They threw cold water on our naked bodies and they also urinated on us
4) They pulled out my toenail by pliers and forced me to eat them
5) Electric shocks to genitals
6) Make prisoners suck their own blood on the floor
7) Syrian hospitals are torture chamber: Calcium injections by Doctors and Nurses, intravenously and rapidly causing cardiac arrest, or by using high doses of insulin causing hypoglycemic coma and finally death.”
8) Syrian soldiers, most of whom “were shot from behind when they refused to kill the civilians.”
9) Sexual violence in detention is one of many horrific weapons in the Syrian government’s torture arsenal and Syrian security forces regularly use it to humiliate and degrade detainees with complete impunity
10) Systemic torture and killing of detained persons – Emaciated, beaten or strangled
11) Starvation
12) Constantly being beaten with a cable or a stick
13) The guards particularly liked to deliver blows to your fingernails
14) “water boarding”, this method of torture includes electricity and water
15) Syrian intelligence officers, soldiers and pro-government militias as the ones who detain, torture and rape civilians
16) Rape is a common tactic to silence the opposition
17) They used electric stun guns on my genitals
18) Hang detainees from the ceilings by their hands for days
19) They pour hot water on people and whip them
20) Sexual threats against the detainees and their families
21) Government forces and pro-government shabiha militia members have also sexually assaulted women and girls during home raids and residential sweeps
22) One boy came into the cell bleeding from behind. He couldn’t walk. It was something they just did to the boys.

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Read more articles:

Brutal torture in Syria
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/03/world/meast/syria-torture-report/index.html


Syrian military defector: ‘Those who were injected are lucky’

http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/02/syrian-military-defector-those-who-were-injected-are-lucky/

Starved, tortured then throttled: The true horror of how Assad’s soldiers execute rebel prisoners
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544711/Starved-tortured-throttled-The-true-horror-Assads-soldiers-execute-rebel-prisoners-revealed-new-images-released-today.html

Survivors Of Syria’s Torture Chambers Describe Horror
http://www.worldcrunch.com/syria-crisis/survivors-of-syria-039-s-torture-chambers-describe-horror/syria-assad-mezzeh-torture-free-syria-army/c13s14893/#.VE1F_xaQRCQ

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/12/syrians-describe-brutal-prison-torture-20131225112419339627.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/syria-crisis-sexual-violence_n_1599242.html