Sports coach dies due to torture in Syrian regime forces’ detention center, June 15

Lawyer Nedal Mustafa Aamoud, from Zamalka town in Eastern Ghouta in the east of the Damascus suburbs governorate, was arrested by Syrian regime forces on July 17, 2018, as he was passing through a checkpoint at the entrance of Adra city in the northeast of the governorate. Since then, Aamoud, who was also a sports coach and international referee in Taekwondo, has been classified as forcibly disappeared, with the Syrian regime denying his arrest and preventing anyone, even a lawyer, from visiting him. On June 15, 2020, SNHR received information confirming that he had died in regime custody. Our data from numerous sources confirms that he was in good health at the time of his arrest, indicating that he probably died due to torture. SNHR has received confirmation that Syrian regime forces didn’t hand over his body to his family; this is standard practice for the regime, with the bodies of the majority of detainees who die in its detention centers being disposed of through mass cremations. Since the whereabouts of these prisoners’ remains is unknown and they are not handed over to their relatives, they continue to be classified among the forcibly disappeared persons.