Lie chain: Amnesty International, Guardian and BBC counting «tortured in Assad's secret prison» (PHOTO, VIDEO)
February 7th one of the most biased and politically charged «international human right organizations» Amnesty International published a report authors of which claim to have «evidences of mass out-of-court executions governmental program in Syrian military prison Saydnaya».
According to them «between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells and hanged to death», then they do elementary school level math and conclude that «in five years, as many as 13,000 people, most of them civilians believed to be opposed to the government, were hanged in secret at Saydnaya».
What the report says
The report is titled «Human slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya prison, Syria». Its authors claim it «shows that the government is deliberately inflicting inhuman conditions on detainees at Saydnaya Prison through repeated torture and the systematic deprivation of food, water, medicine and medical care.
The report documents how these extermination policies have killed massive numbers of detainees». The «human rights activists» claim that «these practices, which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, are authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government».
The methodicalness and persistency of Assad’s government which has been signing death sentences for more than four years is bound to thrill readers. Note that all the math done in the report is based on testimony given by 31 former prisoners and several former prison guards.
The report is predictably accompanied with loud appeals and claims. Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s regional office in Beirut directly says the following: «We demand that the Syrian authorities immediately cease extrajudicial executions and torture and inhuman treatment at Saydnaya Prison and in all other government prisons across Syria. Russia and Iran, the government’s closest allies, must press for an end to these murderous detention policies. The upcoming Syria peace talks in Geneva cannot ignore these findings. Ending these atrocities in Syrian government prisons must be put on the agenda.The UN must immediately carry out an independent investigation into the crimes being committed at Saydnaya and demand access for independent monitors to all places of detention».
Her claim may hardly be called nonpolitical as she emphasizes that everything described in the report «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».
Here it’s time to recall Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s words who commented on the topic in summer 2016 and underlined that Amnesty International’s allegations regarding tortures in Saydnaya have nothing to do with reality. He emphasized that such interrogation techniques do not accord with government’s interests because they would only turn international community against Syrian authorities.
We didn’t see it but we know it
Activity of human rights organizations in any country includes searching for society’s areas of concern, drawing authorities’ attention to them and proving proper control over correction. However such activity can only be possible in one case: if human rights monitors are actually present in the country which problems they are concerned with.
Only this may provide required awareness level regarding real process in society and only this may provide some feedback from authorities. Otherwise we talk only about some speculative allegations and based upon some media reports, open data sources and remote communication; the worst case is overt distortion of facts and hoaxes.
Moreover: taking into account that all the activity of international human rights organizations is coordinated with Western image of the proverbial «democratic society» (in very cynical and one-sided meaning) it’s no wonder that any study of regimes independent from the West turn into biased media product targeted for European and American consumer. It is interesting that Amnesty International representatives stopped working in Syria just in 2011 which did not stop them counting the hanged and the tortured in «Assad’s secret prison» from 2011 till 2015.
Information sponsors — Western media
It is necessary to mention that this report is not the first Amnesty International’s claim against Saydnaya prison. Another issue dedicated to the same topic was published in summer 2016. By a strange coincidence both times the biggest Western media covered «Assad’s bloody crimes» detailed pieces just after AI reports.
The media coverage included shocking 3D reconstruction of the alleged prison horrors and looked more like horror movies. British Guardian stole the thunder in summer 2016 by publishing «The worst place on Earth: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison» where journalist Oliver Wainwright quotes (or makes up?) stories of the former Saydnaya prisoners who describe how they were raped, beaten, how they rotted in dungeons and the like.
Some unidentified people with blurred faces draw prison plan just like they do it in Hollywood, telling gory details which are bound to shock Western reader.
In addition to horror stories Amnesty International resorted to London architectors who made up Saydnaya plan basing on former prisoners’ evidences.
Such attention to the report from the Western media might be explained by urge to use loud story and attract readers.
But then the same story was published by BBC on the same day the AI report was released. Which make us assume that «human rights watchers» were working together with «independent journalists» who clearly had access to Amnesty International’s material before they had been released.
Besides one should not forget that Amnesty International disgraced itself by publishing unreliable information more than once and its monitors are suspected working for foreign special services. This is particularly claimed by Boris Dolgov, research officer of Arab and Islamic Research Centre of Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
He says that «many of Amnesty International monitors are concurrently working for various Western special services, first of all the American ones and act in accordance with particular instruction. That is why all Amnesty International’s materials should be critically assessed».
In fact the accusations against legitimate Syrian government made by Amnesty International are pretty serious. According to the authors of the report «murders, tortures, enforces disappearance and exterminations in Saydnaya since 2011 were part of systematic and massive infringement on life of the civilians which was part of state policy», «they are crimes against humanity».
Such accusations despite its prooflessness do not limit by media coverage. They are intended not only to draw attention to the topic but also to provide additional legitimacy for US-led coalition in the Syrian conflict.
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