‘Cold-blooded killing of thousands of defenceless prisoners’ revealed
Hangings carried out in batches of 50 middle of night
Executions, mostly of civilians, part of deliberate policy of ‘extermination’
Amnesty UK director Kate Allen, who heard shocking testimonies, available for interview
London, Feb.8.─ A chilling new Amnesty International report published today has exposed the “cold-blooded killing of thousands of defenceless prisoners” in a Syrian government jail where an estimated 13,000 people have been hanged in the past five years, and where mass hangings of up to 50 people at a time occur every week, sometimes twice a week.
The mass hangings have taken place at Saydnaya military prison near Damascus between 2011 and 2015 - and there are clear indications that the mass hangings are ongoing.
Most of those hanged were civilians believed to have been opposed to the government,with the killings taking place in great secrecy in the middle of the night. The executions take place after one- or two-minute lawyer-less “trials” using “confessions” extracted through torture.
Survivors of Saydnaya have also provided spine-chilling and shocking testimonies about life inside the prison. They evoke a world carefully designed to humiliate, degrade, sicken, starve and ultimately kill those trapped inside ...