Survivors of Syrian prisons and families of those still detained or missing launched the Truth and Justice charter. Their message is simple: stop the torture and reveal the fate of the tens of thousands people missing. Aim is to ensure the detainees and missing are not lost in the negotiations over a resolution to the war. Only then the Syrian conflict can ever be truly ended.
As much as it’s a painful experience for the witnesses, they felt, for the first time, that a judicial apparatus was interested in hearing their statements, their experience, and the violations they were subjected to … This is the experience of a Syrian journalist, who was also a former detainee, following the trials of two Syrian officers.
The Syrian regime is fully aware that rape, sexual violence, and the harassment of women, as well as men, are all under-reported crimes in Syrian society, and they’ve taken advantage of this culture for decades. Finally, some Syrians have decided to speak up and put an end to these atrocities.