An estimate of 13,000 people have been hanged at a classified Syrian prison between 2011 and 2015, according to CNN News.
The Guardian News reported that many of those thousands died through torture and starvation, then their bodies were dumped in two mass graves on the outside of Damascus.
The majority of those who were hanged at Sednaya, a main prison, were citizens known to be against the government: political prisoners, doctors, engineers, protesters, including many of the ordinary people who joined in peaceful protests, according to the Washington Post News.
In order to secretly hang people, the killings took place in the middle of the night. The Amnesty News also reported that a former judge who witnessed the hangings said, “They kept them there for 10 to 15 minutes. Some didn’t die because they are light. For the young ones, their weight wouldn’t kill them. The officers’ assistants would pull them down and break their necks.”
These horrifying deaths have led Amnesty International News to access information of the detainees and publish it out to the public as a policy of justice. “The horrors depicted in this report reveal a hidden, monstrous campaign, authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government, aimed at crushing any form of dissent within the Syrian population,” said Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s regional office in Beirut.
However, the Syrian Ministry of Justice denied the accusations, calling them part of an effort to destroy the government’s international reputation after recent victories over rebels, according to The New York Times.
The Los Angeles Times informed that it’s been difficult for officials to put the puzzles together of the truth, considering that a former Syrian military officer who was arrested in 2011, said “If you put your ears on the floor, you could hear the sound of a kind of gurgling. This would last around ten minutes. We were sleeping on top of the sound of people choking to death. This was normal for me then.”
According to the Daily Mail, Syrian troops fiercely slaughtered 13 factory workers after forcing them off a bus. A couple videos show bodies with hideous injuries in the western village of Qusair and the city of Homs that were posted online by activists, who claim that these murders connects to the massacre executions.
Many incidents had led for reasons of the executions, since Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad’s regime has previously been accused of killings and war crimes during the country’s civil war, which began in 2011.