A man from Nawa city in the western suburbs of Daraa governorate, named as Muhammad Abdul Karim al Jundi, was arrested by Syrian regime forces in April 2011 in Nawa city over his participation in a protest against the Syrian regime. 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 April 11, 2021, his family was notified that regime forces had executed Muhammad inside a detention center following a death sentence issued by al Midan Military Court in Damascus on July 10, 2013.
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 families, they continue to be classified as being among the forcibly disappeared.
SNHR can confirm that at least 131,106 Syrian citizens are still detained or forcibly disappeared in the regime’s detention centers, constituting a grave threat to the detainees’ wellbeing, particularly given the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
SNHR notes that at least 14,315 Syrian citizens have died due to torture in Syrian regime forces’ detention center.