Reflections on the 42nd Anniversary of Hama Massacre 1982
February 2, 2024
Today marks the painful forty-second anniversary of the massacre of the city of Hama, Syria. The blood of the Syrian people continues to flow from Aleppo to Damascus, Idlib to Daraa, Homs to Deir ez-Zor, and throughout all Syrian cities, villages, and valleys.
The Assad regime, responsible for genocide and war crimes in Syria during the 1980s, particularly reaching its peak genocide in the city of Hama in early February 1982, remains unaccounted to.
In the second decade of this century, the regime has perpetrated further horrific massacres, often with the international community turning a blind eye and at times with direct or indirect support from certain quarters.
During the Hama massacre, tens of thousands of victims disappeared, killed in the most gruesome ways, burned with gas cylinders, buried alive, and buildings with people inside were detonated. Thousands were abducted with their fate unknown. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed, subjected to the cruelest forms of torture and abuse. Mosques and places of worship were targeted, stores were looted, and the city was pillaged for a whole month.
Over the span of more than 42 years, death has also silenced many criminals who were involved in these massacres, starting from Hafez al-Assad and many of his generals who were immersed in killing and crime. Some of the major criminals, especially Rifaat al-Assad, escaped justice even from those who supported his crimes and atrocities. However, the truth remains, demanding justice for the victims and their families and the establishment of a fair rule for the Syrian people that safeguards citizens’ rights, ensures equality among citizens, and respects their right to choose their leaders according to a just constitution that upholds everyone’s rights.
The Syrian people, who rose in March 2011 to reclaim their rights robbed from them for more than half a century, continue their just struggle for establishing a state of freedom, justice, and dignity for all Syrian citizens, despite international abandonment and alliances with the Assad regime by some regimes.”
Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC)