ABOUT SEDNAYA -
In an exclusive statement to Ikhwanweb, the
chief of the Arab Commission for Human Rights (ACHR) Violette
Daguerre stated that what happens in Sidnaya and the conflicting
accounts come from the absence of transparency and the disregard
of the minimum level of the rights groups right to communicate
with the retributory authorities to be able to get to the bottom
of the issue and casualties in Syria.
Daguerre, who edited and supervised the
“Human Rights and Democracy in Syria” book, indicated that the
ACHR has stated five years ago that Sidnaya prison is been “a
live Molotov bomb”.
Syrian government garnered in this old prison
many political and islamist organization detainees from eight
different countries at least.
The ACHR has been concerned lest this prison
adopts the same policies of Tudmur and Al-Mazzah prisons.
She said that the Syrian regime doesn’t even
conform to the minimum level of inmates’ rights. Prisoners
suffer from the absence of the legal rulings and defense;
consequently they receive collective punishment even under
individual mistakes. Moreover, the regime denies the inmates’
periodic visits to conceal the violations and make them surface
Last April, two prisoners had had their
bodies burned due a grave incident; the ACHR called for better
living conditions of the detainees. In desperate case, inmates
may take hostages or assault the guards; especially when they
are maltreated by the guards because there are many prisoners
who have nothing more to worry about or lose and others who fear
returning to their homelands lest they will be acrimoniously
persecuted by their regimes (like Saudi ones.)
Answering a question whether there has been
any disobedience as stated by London- based Syrian organization,
Daguerre said “it’s too early to figure out the real issue;
however some deal with the issue politically or with legal
insignificance. So we shouldn’t speak about any mutinies or
riots in order not to be justifying the use of weapons against
the inmates. For example, whenever a human rights committee
states the prison director is taken a hostage, it explicitly
justifies the use of fire shootings and killing the inmates.
Word is a responsibility."
Consequently, the ACHR calls upon the
Damascus government to end the siege on Sidnaya inmates, allow
their lawyers to investigate into their real destiny, allow
their families’ visits, and call into account all officials
responsible for such an incident.
The Syrian government should respect law and
transparency and reconsider the principle of punishment during
prison period that increases violence and tension.
Monday, July 7, 2008