A man from Tellef village in the southern suburbs of Hama governorate, named as Walid Muhammad al Jum’ah, was arrested by Syrian regime forces on February 5, 2019 although he agreed on a settlement earlier. Since then, he has been classified as forcibly disappeared, with the Syrian regime denying his arrest and preventing anyone, even a lawyer, from visiting him. On September 22, 2020, SNHR was informed that he died on June 29, 2020.Our data from numerous sources confirms that he was in good health at the time of his arrest, indicating that he probably died due to torture in a regime detention center.
SNHR has received confirmation that Syrian regime forces didn’t hand over his body to his family; this is standard practice for the regime, with the bodies of the majority of detainees who die in its detention centers being disposed of through mass cremations. Since the whereabouts of these prisoners’ remains is unknown and they are not handed over to their relatives, they continue to be classified as being among the forcibly disappeared.