Syria in the last few years has become synonymous with human rights violations at a medieval scale. Every week, it seems, brings fresh news of a new horror visited upon the Syrian people. Sadly, this week was no different. Amnesty International released a chilling report titled “Human slaughterhouse” exposing the Bashar al-Assad regime’s macabre campaign to deal with dissent through mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison.
The human rights group believes in the last five years as many as 13,000 people, mostly civilians, have been secretly hanged at the infamous prison situated north of the capital Damascus in the last five years. The Amnesty report also details how the detainees at Saydnaya Prison are deliberately subjected to inhumane conditions through “repeated torture and the systematic deprivation of food, water, medicine and medical care.”
The report on the extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison adds a dark new chapter to Syria’s bloody six-year civil war which has already claimed an estimated 400,000 lives according to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.
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If you want to know more about past efforts to bring accountability to those responsible for crimes in Syria, read these pieces: Iva Vukucic on the lack of specific courts and Mark Kersten on a new UN commission of inquiry. Justice Hub will be following this latest effort. Expect more during the next few weeks.