Hassan Abdul Razzaq Hamoud, ‘Colonel Pilot’ graduated from a special course of combat Pilots, from Termanin town in the northern suburbs of Idlib governorate, was arrested by Syrian regime forces in 2013. Since then, he has 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 December 6, 2020, his family was informed that he has been registered in the Civil Registry as having died in 2019. SNHR believes that torture was the probable cause of his death.
SNHR has received confirmation that Syrian regime forces failed to 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.
SNHR notes that since 2011, at least 14,269 Syrian citizens have died due to torture in Syrian regime forces’ detention center to date.
SNHR can confirm that at least 130,758 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the regime’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to the detainees’ wellbeing, given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
SNHR also confirms that at least 14,269 Syrian citizens have died due to torture in the regime detention centers.