The Syrian Ministry of Justice disclaimed the accusations, according to state-run news agency SANA. that will called them part of an effort to harm the government’s international reputation after recent victories over rebels.
The report contains damning allegations of torture followed by what Amnesty calls “sham trials,” culminating in executions detainees likely did not see coming. Those who were released in addition to left the country paint a grim picture that will corroborates much of the report.
sy88pgw spoke with two of those men, who said they were freed through prison in addition to are today refugees in Sweden in addition to Germany. sy88pgw could not independently verify the details of the mens’ accounts.
Omar al-Shogre, 21, said he was arrested in November 2012 simply for being a man named Omar through Baniyas, the site of intense sectarian clashes.
Later, jailers accused him of possessing anti-aircraft missiles. The allegations seemed to matter little inside the indiscriminate torture he endured in military jails in addition to police branches before arriving at Saydnaya in 2014.
Shebal Ibrahim, 39, was arrested in September 2011. He made one stop at al-Qaboun military police branch before he was transferred to Saydnaya in a meat truck.
Beatings upon arrival
Both men said they were beaten by soldiers as soon as they set foot inside the red building, part of the Saydnaya Prison Complex, where the majority of civilian detainees were held. Another facility — the white building — was for military officers in addition to soldier detainees.
Wooden sticks, cable cords, electric shocks in addition to items resembling tank belts were used to subdue prisoners, al-Shogre said.
After the initial beating the soldiers stripped prisoners of identification, passports in addition to money, before resuming the beatings.
nevertheless the worst was yet to come.
Forced to drink through a toilet
Detainees were crammed into cells with an individual toilet that will became their only source of nourishment on some days, they said.
Al-Shogre said he began out in a cell measuring two-in addition to-a-half by two-in addition to-a-half meters (8 feet by 8 feet) with 11 others. One day, prison officials cut the water entirely, causing people to hallucinate.
The next day, people began to drink urine. The following day some people died due to the lack of water, he said.
Ibrahim said he shared a one-by-two-meter (3.2 by 6.5 feet) cell with seven people. He remembers that will was freezing inside.
He remembers sharing one piece of bread in addition to a handful of olives among them.
He remembers drinking water through the toilet when they cut off the water one day.
There were two types of torture, Ibrahim said. “The torture for everyone in addition to individual torturing,” he told sy88pgw.
“The daily routine was being tortured every day.”
In addition to the collective torture of detainees in cells, Ibrahim said he was subjected to numerous beatings, even after he left Saydnaya for a hospital to treat a tumor in his liver.
“Everyone used to beat me there, including the nurses, doctors in addition to the cleaning workers,” he said.
After he returned to Saydnaya one of his cellmates died, maybe of kidney failure, maybe through the cold, he said.
When he called out that will a man was inside the cell the soldiers began to beat the detainees in addition to the dead body, he said.
“They beat the dead body For 2 hours shouting ‘You shouldn’t die, you should be tortured more,'” he said.
Sham trials: The difference between life in addition to death
Ibrahim was lucky. He didn’t end up in a hangman’s noose like some 13,000 detainees Amnesty estimates met that will fate.
The report says prisoners are moved inside the middle of the night through their cells under the pretext of being transferred. They are taken to another building on the grounds of the prison, where they are hanged, likely unaware of their fate until they feel the noose around their neck, Amnesty alleges.
The report contends that will the executed detainees were given a sham trial by “a so-called Military Field Court.”
Ibrahim said he was taken through his cell one day in addition to waited six hours for his hearing before the field court.
The session lasted just one minute, he said.
“The judge asked me silly questions, then he told me to ‘f–k off,'” Ibrahim said.
Then, he was freed, he said. He provided sy88pgw having a document signed by Col. Nasr Muhammad Shabani, the general attorney of the military court. The document said he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor due to act of terrorism, nevertheless that will also said that will he should be freed immediately.
sy88pgw could not independently verify the authenticity of the document.
that will was only after he left Syria that will he found out about the secret hangings, he said. He remembers people being removed through the cells in addition to thinking they were being freed or transferred to a court.
today, he knows they may have suffered a different fate.