Amnesty International are now claiming that the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Badreddine Hassoun of all people (met him in person, lovely human being), signed off on up to 13,540 secret executions in Sednaya prison in Damascus (p. 17).

The report, titled ‘Human Slaughterhouse’, claims to have interviewed (p. 5):
– 31 men who were detained at Saydnaya
– 4 prison officials or guards who previously worked at Saydnaya
– 3 former Syrian judges
– 3 doctors who worked at Tishreen Military Hospital
– 4 Syrian lawyers
– 17 international and national experts on detention in Syria
– 22 family members of people who were or still are detained at Saydnaya

Of those 84 people they claim to have interviewed, 81 are anonymous, and only 3 come with names (p. 34).

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Assuming these prisoners are being executed in complete secrecy as per the report’s claims, to the point where alleged doctors, judges and prison guards can’t provide any evidence that these prisoners even exist aside from their own testimony, how would the family members of these prisoners know they’re being held at Sednaya?

The report also alleges (p. 28) that there are secret mass graves in Damascus, only to finish up by saying, “not having access to Syria, Amnesty International has been unable to independently verify these statements”. Really, Amnesty? You couldn’t get your alleged sources, especially the prison guards, to take one photo?

The second time they use the key-word ‘verify’ or ‘verified’ in their report is in a very short section titled ‘Documented Deaths’ (p. 40) which doesn’t even refer to work they’ve done, but to allegedly verified deaths in Sednaya prison according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights which claims that 375 prisoners died of torture from March 2011 to October 2016.

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But hang on, if SNHR knows enough about what happens inside Sednaya to the point where they know for certain that 375 prisoners died of “torture and other ill-treatment”, and assuming therefore that they’re capable of monitoring the transfer of prisoners to Sednaya in the first place, how on earth did they manage to miss up to 13,165 executed prisoners?

Amnesty International claims to have “obtained the names of 36 additional individuals who died as a result of torture and other ill-treatment in Saydnaya” which were “provided to Amnesty International by former detainees who witnessed the deaths in their cells”. So in other words, the people that AI either met or called told them 36 names with no evidence backing up their claims, and yet we’re supposed to believe them when they claim over 13K secret executions?

Finally, why would ‘international and national experts’ need to remain anonymous? If they really were experts they’d have literature to their name so we can check their credentials. Nope, anonymous.

If you believe this you’ll believe anything.
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Jay Tharappel is a Sydney-based political commentator, and active member of the organisation Hands Off Syria.

The views of the author do not necessarily reflect those of Al-Masdar News.

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Jew lies as always.

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And its no a prison but a hospital and people are comitting suicide, when they are forced to leave. Before they do, they go to the masgrave and wound themselves to they die.

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Instead of committing suicide, they’d better attend in a free Presidential Election in Syria.

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Cyriak Papasissis

Amnesty should not anymore be taken seriously . Since the tenure of Suzanne Nossel it is a completely penetrated tool of American military-”intelligence”-media complex. A look at her biography shows that all the many organizations she was in , are undercover CIA fronts. Soros money is involved in all of them. Now that she became executive director of Pen Club American Center , some writers announced that they freeze their participation in its activities.

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AI stopped to verify for logic. Overpaid and rated. Great animadversion!

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Unfortunately yes, and we should monitor who is funding them now! I wouldn’t be too surprised to find GCC or Soros related funding..

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The usual candidates into the Syrian war are big spenders once more: UK Department for International Development, the European Commission, the United States State Department…
Oh no not Soros but AI(USA) got funds by the Rockefeller Foundation.
p.s. I do not think it is straight graft but the top brass comes from certain circles – bright capable people but self recruiting and IMHO related to the big sponsors.

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Amnistía Internacional ya no tienes mi firma, me gustaría que también saque información de las atrocidades que comete Israel con el pueblo Palestino, de la Monarquía Saudí que bombardea indiscriminadamente al pueblo de Yemen, en Bahréin donde se cometen atrocidades con los presos y represalia contra la población civil.

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You wouldn’t give Amnesty a job in Air Traffic Control and trust them with your life, would you? There’s a cowboy outfit for you.

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