Disregarding Regime’s Torture Crimes, Syria Passes Anti-Torture Legislation

Since the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011, thousands of Syrians including elderly, women, and children have been locked away in regime prisons where hundreds were tortured to death, while survivors are still suffering painful memories and nightmares.

Shocking testimonies were reported about thousands of detained who were subjected to awful torture in order to give forced confession.

14,537 Killed Due to Torture by the Parties to the Conflict and the Controlling Forces in Syria, Mostly by the Syrian Regime, from March 2011 Until June 2021

A recent report, released on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, documented the death toll of those killed under torture has reached 14,537 individuals, from March 2011 until June 2021, including 173 children and 74 women (adult female), with the vast majority of all these victims (98.63%) killed at the hands of Syrian regime forces.

And at the end of last March, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued Anti-torture Law N. 16  after being approved by the Syrian Parliament on March 28, 2022.

Article N. 2 assigns a penalty of at least three years’ imprisonment, and up to the death penalty where the torture results in death or involves rape.

Right sources affirmed that the Parliament members, who voted in favour of the law, are originally members of the Syrian security services involved in human rights violation

The sources confirmed that the network verified the names of the members of the People’s Assembly that represents the Syrian regime, as it was found that a third of its members are affiliated with security forces involved in violations against the Syrian people.

The controversial law does not include all the crimes and violations occurred before March 30, 2022, which will effectively allow the security services’ impunity, as it relies on the non-retroactivity of the Penal Code.

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