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Syrian government tortures woman from Deir al-Zor to death in prison

Editing: Hazem Halak |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/05/13 07:41

Syria - SMART

The Syrian government tortured to death a woman from the city of al-Quriyah, 55 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, in the Syrian government forces' prisons in Damascus.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) issued a statement saying that on May 11, 2020, the Syrian government forces informed the family of Hiyam Muhammad al-Nafa of her death. The Syrian government forces demanded al-Nafa's family to come to the Tishreen Military hospital to receive her body. 

The SNHR added that on March 3, 2020, the Syrian government forces arrested al-Nafa in the Immigration and Passports building in Damascus, then transferred her to the Palestine Intelligence Branch where she died on May 1, 2020. The SNHR noted that the Syrian government prevented al-Nafa's relatives or lawyers from meeting her. 

The SNHR noted that it has data confirming the good health condition of al-Nafa before her arrest. The SNHR suspected that al-Nafa died due to torture and the lack of medical care.

The Syrian government forces tortured to death thousands of detainees in the Syrian government’s prisons. On June 26, 2018, a SNHR report documented torturning more than 13,000 people to death in Syria, most of them died at the hand of the Syrian government forces. 

On Feb. 7, 2017, the Amnesty International issued a report titled the Human Slaughterhouse. The report revealed that the Syrian government forces hanged 13,000 in the Sednaya Prison, most of them civilians opposing the Syrian government. 

Lawyers and activists accuse the international community of failing to put pressure on the Syrian government to reveal the fate of hundreds of thousands of detainees and victims of forced disappearance in the Syrian government forces' prisons, and account it for its crimes committed against the detainees.