18 thousand people have been tortured and killed in Assad state prisons in Syria in 2011-2015.
This is stated in the recent report of the Amnesty International, a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights.
The experiences faced by detainees in Syria’s detention system are often lethal. An estimated 17,723 people were killed in custody across Syria between 2011 and 2015, with the real number likely to be even higher. Of the 65 former detainees interviewed by Amnesty International for this report, most had witnessed at least one death in custody. All had been tortured and/or otherwise ill-treated.
On average, the number of victims is 10 people per day. According to the report, prisoners are often subjected to severe beatings by prison guards immediately after arriving at the prison, the report said. This is often followed by the checks, when, specifically, women are sexually abused.
"They treated us like animals, they wanted people lose their human face ... They would have no problems if they killed us right there," - Amnesty quotes the prisoner Samir. Another prisoner Ziad (name changed) said that Syrian intelligence in prison on the same day seven people have died after a failure of the ventilation system. The guards, he said, checked whether the prisoner was dead or alive, kicking him with their feet.
In Amnesty called on the international community (in particular, Russia and the US) to put pressure on Damascus to stop the torture, rape and beatings.
"Syrian authorities have been using tortures for decades in order to dishearten their opponents. Today, tortures are systematically and commonly applied to those civilians who are suspected of opposition activities," - said the director of Amnesty in the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther.
He added that the use of such methods on such a large scale can be qualified as a crime against humanity. The Syrian government rejects accusations of tortures regularly.