Conscript who defected from the Syrian regime dies due to torture in Syrian regime forces’ detention center, June 29

Zuhair Fahd Saed al Din was a conscript defected from the Syrian regime’s forces and he was from Hamer village in the northern suburbs of Daraa governorate. He was arrested by Syrian regime forces in 2018 although he was amongst those who had previously agreed on a settlement of his status. Since his arrest, he had been classified as forcibly disappeared, with the Syrian regime denying any knowledge of his arrest and preventing anyone, even a lawyer, from visiting him. On June 29, 2020, his family was informed that he is registered as dead in the Civil Registry. SNHR suggests that he had died due to torture in Syrian regime forces’ detention center in Damascus city.

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 majority of detainees who die in its detention centers, whose bodies are 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.