A man from al Baghouz city in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour suburbs, named as Muhammad Hussein al Hares al Ammash, was arrested in May 2021 by Syrian regime forces as he was passing though a checkpoint on his way back from Lebanon to Damascus city, and taken to a regime detention center in the city. 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 January 1, 2022, Syrian regime forces handed his body to his family following his death in the detention center in Damascus city. SNHR’s 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 and lack of health care.
SNHR confirms that Syria is not safe for refugees’ return as the arrests and forcibly disappearances and torture practiced by Syrian regime forces are still ongoing.
SNHR can confirm that at least 131,469 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 notes that at least 14,360 Syrian citizens have died due to torture in Syrian regime forces’ detention center.