Syria Releases Dozens of Prisoners In General Amnesty

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Monday that the government of Syria released dozens of prisoners under the General Amnesty on Eid al-Fitr.

According to SOHR, the presidential decree called for a general amnesty for terrorist crimes unless that has not caused the death of a person. 

“60 detainees, some of whom were in jail for 10 years in different provinces across the country, were released,” said SOHR, a move which is considered widest since the start of the civil war in 2011.

SOHR Director, Rami Abdel Rahman said that based on a new decree, tens of thousands of detainees were expected to be released in the near future. 

SOHR also said that based on its data, over 105,000 detainees have been killed as a result of torture in regime prisons since 2011.

Some prisoners from Sednaya Military Prison, which SOHR describes as the most dangerous detention center, were also released on the first day of Eid.

SOHR said that some relatives of freed detainees were not even informed where they were kept in the past 10 years and that some prisoners, who were sentenced to death, were also among those released. 

The SOHR said that almost half a million Syrians were sent behind bars since 2011, and some 100,000 lost their lives to the horrific detention conditions and the torture.

The majority of the human rights agencies accused the Syrian regime of torture,  rape, and extrajudicial executions under the pretext of suppressing their enemy. 

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