Amnesty Syria President Bashar al-Assad/Photo: AFP
Syria President Bashar al-Assad/Photo: AFP

By Ogbolu George with agency report

Amnesty International has accused President Bashar al-Assad led Syrian Government of carrying out a series of secret mass hangings at the Saydnaya prison near Damascus.

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It said authorities of the military jail have overseen a ”monstrous campaign” of secret atrocities, which include the hanging of 13,000 people in five years.

”Guards at Saydnaya oversaw weekly or sometimes twice weekly hangings of up to 50 prisoners at a time, most of who are believed to be governments opponents, in the middle of the night and in secret.

”Up to 13,000 prisoners were executed at the prison from 2011 to 2015.

”This happened following convictions by military courts after forced confessions, read the report, titled ”Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at saydnaya prison,” it said.

Torture and deprivations of food, water, medicine and medical care, were also documented by Amnesty International as part of the practices that go on in the prison.

”We demand that the Syrian authorities immediately cease extrajudicial executions and torture and inhumane treatment at Saydnaya prison and in other government prisons across Syria.

”Russia and Iran, the government’s closest allies must press for an end to these murderous detention policies.” Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty regional office in Beirut, Lebanon, said.