Syrian Journalists Association follows up international reports regarding detainees' situation in Syria. The latest of which was released by Amnesty International titled, "Secret campaign of mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison"
The report based on intensive investigation exposed Syrian regime execution of 13000 detainees by mass hangings at Central Saydnaya Prison. The detainees, including children, are mostly civilians who opposed the regime and were arrested between 2011 and 2015.
Based on the latest report which included testimonies from former Saydnaya guards, detainees, lawyers, judges and international experts, the report reveals that the regime subjected the prisoners and detainees to arbitrary trials and secret hangings by secret military field court which is unrecognized in the legal system. This amounts to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The report also indicates that the killing processes are authorized at the highest level of the Syrian government.
Syrian Journalists Association also confirms the Syrian media sector has lost previously a big number of journalist colleagues inside detention centers. The destiny of other detained journalists is still unknown. The association condemns in the strongest terms the Syrian regime's systematic criminal behavior against prisoners and civilian detainees and calls on the International Community to take immediate action to empower international courts specialized in war crimes and crimes against humanity to achieve justice and hold criminals accountable.
The association confirms that Amnesty International's Saydnaya report was able to investigate one corner for violence and systematic killing inside detention centers, whereas independent sources indicate that there are 200,000 people inside regime prisons and detention centers. They are documented under forced disappearances without trials. Their names are unknown and undocumented.
Human rights organizations talk about the arrest of nearly 500,000 people mostly civilians including children, women and seniors.
The association calls for international organizations, human rights organizations, and civil society institutions all over the world to put utmost efforts to stop the murder of detainees and to put this tragedy on top of priorities in their activities and meetings with governmental and non-governmental parties.
The association also urges its members and all free Syrian journalists to stop their activities at their media institutions as an expression of solidarity with detainees for an hour starting 12:00 until 13:00 on Friday 10th of February.
The association also calls on all free journalists around the world to stand in solidarity with the victims and their families and to take similar action under the slogan, "put an end to the horrors in Syria prisons".
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