#Torture

Family identify son among 'Caesar' torture photos

Jun 27, 2020

Writer Adnan Al-Ziraii’s family confirmed that they had identified his photo today (above left, alongside an earlier photo of him) amongst the latest tranche of Caesar photos to be released, with the heartbreaking discovery providing verification that he had died under torture in an Assad regime prison.

Over 14,300 people tortured to death in Syria: report

Jun 26, 2020

A total of 14,388 people have been documented as being tortured to death in Syrian civil war since March 2011 – an average of just over four people per day - with the vast majority of these killed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to a new report from the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

Ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, SNHR, which documents violations of civil rights, prepared a special report for the Anadolu Agency on victims killed under torture in Syria

Syrians confirm deaths of missing relatives by 'Caesar' photos

Jun 23, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians searching for their relatives have stepped up their efforts after the US adopted the Caesar Act, new legislation imposing sanctions on the Syrian regime for war crimes.

Families, who had long given up on ever finding their relatives, can click on web links to see photos of some of the thousands of people killed in regime prisons, in a desperate attempt to confirm the death of their loved ones.

FSA co-founder’s family denies reports that 'Caesar' martyr's photo is of him

The family of Lieutenant-Colonel Hussein Al-Harmoush has denied reports that a photograph of a martyr bearing a strong resemblance to the Free Syrian Army co-founder is of their missing relative after the picture, found among the ‘Caesar’ photos which show detainees tortured to death in Assad regime prisons, was widely circulated online.

Prominent Syrian journalist Hadi Abdullah reported on Monday that numerous social media sites had published the photo of the martyr who died under torture, with many claiming that it showed Al-Harmoush.

Elderly Syrian man dies of heart attack while searching for a picture of his only son among the ‘Caesar’ photos

Jun 22, 2020

An elderly Syrian man, named as Nader Aboud Abu Yousef, died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack while searching for a picture of his only son, who was detained by the Syrian regime, among the leaked ‘Caesar’ photographs.

Rape and Torture: Iran's Political Weapons

The rape and torture of Kurdish and dissidents in Iran -- both women and men -- is now widespread and systematic.

Most recently, on May 4, Farinaz Khosrawani, 25, a Kurdish woman employed at the Hotel Tara in Mahabad in Iranian Kurdistan, plunged from a fourth-floor window of the Tara Hotel, Kurdish news media reported.

Khosrawani allegedly jumped to her death to avoid being raped by an Iranian government security agent; the circumstances surrounding her death have not yet been confirmed.