Conscript who defected from Syrian regime forces died due to torture in Syrian regime detention center, October 15

A man from Jilleen town in the western suburbs of Daraa governorate, named as Basel Muhammad Farhan al Jizawi, a conscript who defected from the Syrian regime, was arrested by the regime in 2018, although he was amongst those who had previously agreed on a settlement of his status. Since his arrest, he had been classified as forcibly disappeared, with the Syrian regime denying any knowledge of his arrest and preventing anyone, even a lawyer, from visiting him. On October 15, 2020, SNHR received information confirming that he had died. 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 Seydnaya Military Prison in Damascus suburbs governorate.

SNHR has received confirmation that Syrian regime forces failed to hand over his body to his family; this is standard practice for the regime regarding the majority of detainees who die in its detention centers, whose bodies are 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 among the forcibly disappeared persons.