Amnesty International had previously issued a report Human slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya prison, Syria highlighting 13,000 executions over five years since 2010 to 2015 in the Saydnaya prison. However, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a recent interview with Yahoo News has rejected the report.
Nevertheless, President Assad did not complete reject the claims that executions do not happen in Syria. But Amnesty is concerned with the matter that no matter what the number is, the idea of having mass executions is a war crime in the current political crisis Syria is in.
Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther said, “If he has nothing to hide he must immediately grant access for international monitors to Saydnaya and all other places of detention in Syria.”
Nicolette Waldma, the author of the report claimed that over 5,000 to 13,000 people have bene executed. After interviews with the families of the victims and many guards part of the prison, she concluded that “They came for them on a Monday. Before they were hanged, victims were condemned to death in a two- to three-minute hearing. The death sentence was signed by the minister of defense, who was deputized to sign by President Assad. It is inconceivable that all of the top officials did not know about it. This was a policy of extermination.”