Prisoners’ mothers and wives fear for their sons and husbands' fate in Hama Central Prison and appeal for their release

اعداد ميس نور الدين | تحرير حسن برهان | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 18 نوفمبر، 2018 6:20:47 م خبر سياسي معتقل

Hama - SMART

A mother’s love and tenderness is everlasting. For this reason, Umm Abdo begged her son’s jailers, who sentenced him to death, to imprison her instead of him. Umm Abdo is the mother of a prisoner in the Hama Central Prison, and strived to prevent the relocation of her son to the Sednaya Military Prison because the Syrian government plans to execute him there. The prisoners appealed to Syrians to express solidarity with them. The prisoners’ wives and mothers were the first to start a sit-in in solidarity with the prisoners on November 15, 2018. The prisoners’ wives and mothers protested at the gate of the Hama Central Prison in the city of Hama, which is controlled by the Syrian government forces, despite risks of arrest. The protesters appealed to international and human rights organizations to intervene to save the prisoners.

Uncertain fate is waiting for the prisoners in the Hama Central Prison, who went on a hunger strike a week ago. The Syrian government deprived the prisoners of communication to prevent them from reaching the outside world after they posted videos and provided media outlets with details of the Syrian government’s intention to relocate 40 prisoners to the Sednaya Military Prison to execute 11 of them. The remaining 29 prisoners were sentenced to life.

In an interview with SMART, Umm Abdo said, “During the sit-in, I begged the prison guards not to relocate my son to the Sednaya Military Prison, and to jail me instead of him, but they replied saying, “We cannot do anything”.”

Umm Abdo added that the Syrian government arrested her two sons and tortured one of them to death in the Airforce Intelligence Branch in Hama. Umm Abdo’s other son is due to be executed shortly.

Rahaf, a young woman in her twenties, appealed to human rights organizations to cancel the life sentence of hard labor that the Syrian government forces issued against her husband only three months after their marriage in 2012.

Rahaf added that the Syrian government forces arrested her husband from his workplace for participating in demonstrations and writing anti-Syrian regime signs. Rahaf said that the Syrian government accused her husband of terrorism. Rahaf added, “My husband has not carried a weapon or killed anyone…(..) He organized peaceful demonstrations.”

Suzan, the sister of a prisoner who is sentenced to life, said that the Syrian government arrested her brother during a demonstration at the University of Aleppo where he was studying. Suzan added that the Syrian government accused her brother of terrorism, murdering, stealing, undermining the reputation of the state, and vandalizing public property.”

Suzan added, “The Syrian government forces transported my brother to the Military Security Branch in Aleppo and after that, the Syrian government arrested my mother to put pressure on my brother. Later on, the Syrian government released my mother after her health condition deteriorated as she had a stroke, but she died a few weeks after the Syrian government released her.”

Suzan added, “After that, the Syrian government relocated my brother to the Hama Central Prison and now he is to be relocated to the Sednaya Military Prison. I appeal to international organizations to intervene and prevent the Syrian government from relocating him to the Sednaya prison, which is the prison of death.”

A prisoner’s wife who introduced herself as Umm Nabeel awaits her husband release after the Syrian government forces arrested him two and a half years ago on charges of posting anti-Syrian government posts on social media and keeping photos of the Syrian Revolution flag on his mobile phone. Umm Nabeel says, “The Syrian government arrested my husband in a barbaric way when he was crossing a checkpoint. The Syrian government forces beat him before me and my small child.”

Umm Nabeel added, “Now, my husband faces charges of cursing and defaming the Syrian government’s  prominent figures and symbols, and cooperating with terrorist groups (...) The Syrian government sentenced my husband to five years. I call upon human rights organizations to intervene and release him.”

Following the sit-in, the prisoners’ families tried to organize another sit-in to demand the prisoners’ release, but the Syrian government forces deployed dozens of patrols and members of the al-Shabiha Militia in Hama. The patrols forced the families to cancel the sit-in for fear of arrest.

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اعداد ميس نور الدين | تحرير حسن برهان | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 18 نوفمبر، 2018 6:20:47 م خبر سياسي معتقل
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