The organization of the Syrian Civil Defense, the “White Helmets”, in partnership with Horrya Press, as well as Syrian activists and events, have launched a campaign under the name “not hostages”, aiming at highlighting the issue of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime and pressing for their release.
The campaign comes in accordance with the current context regarding the developments related to implementing Caesar Law and the issuance of the ninth report of the Syrian Network for Human Rights on victims of torture, in addition to the campaign launched indirectly by international envoys on the margins of the Brussels Conference by calling for the file of Syrian detainees to end by their immediate and unconditional release.
The organizers find it vital to support these campaigns, pay more efforts and back up the movement demanding the release of the detainees, and hold the perpetrators of crimes and violations in the prisons of the Syrian regime accountable. Besides, they consider it necessary to emphasize the fact that it is unaccepted for the regime to use the file of detainees as a leverage in exchange for a profit in the political process.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights said in a report on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture that at least 14,388 people were killed due to torture by the protagonists in the conflict in Syria between March 2011 and June 2020, including 177 children and 63 women.
According to the report, the Assad regime is responsible for killing 14,235 people, including 173 children and 46 women, while ISIS is responsible for killing 32 people, including 1 child and 14 women, and as for Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, it is responsible for killing 26 people due to torture, including a child. The report also confirms that the SDF killed 52 people, including 1 child and 2 women, as a result of torture, while 43, including 1 child and 1 woman were killed by factions of armed opposition groups.