The Turkman Syrian opposition member, Tariq Solaq, said that at least half a million Syrians are still in the cells of the regime under inhumane conditions of detention. At the forefront of these prisons is Seidnaya prison in Damascus countryside, known as the “Human Slaughterhouse.”
In an interview with the Anatolian agency, Solaq spoke on Monday about the poor conditions of detainees in the prisons of the regime, while the latter still sending to the department of civil registry lists of detainees names who died as a result of torture.
The Syrian regime forces arrested Solaq in 2011 and cast him in Seidnaya prison for almost two years and a half. He explained that he was in the Assad’s regime forces; however, he and a group of his colleagues were about to split away from the army when they were arrested because of advanced information of their intention reached the regime.
On the circumstances of his arrest, he said he was held for 33 days in a two-storey underground cell that can only accommodate a toilet. “Later we had been moved into another cell, and the pattern of torture varied,” he said. We were subjected to torture through electricity every meal time and they threw our food in the toilet and told us to eat it from there. ”
The detainees in the prison were tortured with water hoses to the point of death, and they were forbidden to see the face of the soldier who tortured them, he said.
He pointed out that his fellow prisoners were cut off from food and drinks in the last three months before leaving prison, and then began vomiting and getting diarrhoea to end up dying shortly after falling ill.
Solaq, who was released from prison by a general amnesty in June 14, 2014, stressed that he had lived all these kinds of torture and that he was waiting for death before his unexpected release.
He continued to say that after his release from prison he was in a very poor health condition. He headed to his province of Latakia in the north-west of the country, and he then weighed no more than 40 kilograms because of torture and the conditions of detention, indicating that he had 5 surgical operations in the stomach and intestines after his release.
He also noted that the Assad regime has increased the number of prisons since the start of the revolution in March 2011, and it even turned some schools into prisons, noting that Seidnaya prison alone has more than 4,000 prisoners.
According to a report by Amnesty International in February 2017, the regime has executed between September 2011 and December 2015, between 5 and 13 thousand people without prosecution.
From al-Souria newsletter Monday 6-8-2018
Translated by SHRC