Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syria Prisons

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syria Prisons

A Palestinian refugee was fatally tortured during his secret incarceration in Syrian prisons, according to human rights sources.

An ex-prisoner in Syria said Palestinian refugee Majed AlMadani died under torture in Syrian regime prisons.

In August 2014, Majed was spotted in Security Branch 27. He was arrested during aid distribution in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus.

The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) has documented the death of 620 Palestinian refugees in Syria’s state-run penal complexes since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011.

AGPS estimates the real number to be far higher due to the gag orders slapped by the Syrian government on the detainees’ names and fates, along with the families’ reluctance to report such cases over retaliation concerns.

Affidavits by ex-detainees have provided evidence on the involvement of Syrian government officers in harsh torture tactics, including electric shocks, heavy beating using whips and iron sticks, and sexual abuse against Palestinian prisoners, in a flagrant violation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, commonly known as the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT).

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