Assad Has Tortured Thousands but is a Recent List of 8,000 Syrians Credible?

Published July 31st, 2018 - 01:31 GMT
A list that contains 8,000 names of Syrians were tortured to death in the Syrian regime prisons over the past seven years was released recently. (AFP/File Photo)
A list that contains 8,000 names of Syrians were tortured to death in the Syrian regime prisons over the past seven years was released recently. (AFP/File Photo)

Reports on a recently-released list that contains 8,000 names of Syrians tortured to death in Syrian regime prisons over the past seven years have been going viral during the last two days. However, several parties questioned the credibility of the reports.

The list was firstly released by website Zaman al-Wasl with the coordination of the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria. It contained the names of men, women and children who were slaughtered by the country's intelligence services after being kidnapped during the seven-year war that plagued Syria since 2011.

On social media, several anti-Assad activists went to explain their skepticism over this report, particularly as it contains names of people were announced dead earlier.

Human Rights Watch researcher on Syria, Sara Kayyali, told Al Bawaba News: “Our understanding is that the list compiled by Zaman al-Wasl contains names that have previously been announced and confirmed dead; meaning that they were not part of the names that were updated in the civil records by the Syrian government unilaterally.”

This came in a time while the Syrian government began issuing shocking number of death notices for political detainees to the families of the detainees.


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