Are Christians persecuted in Syria?

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Syrian Christian Orthodox celebrate Easter. File photo

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – Human rights sources reported on Tuesday that detainees in the central prison of Homs began a hunger strike in an attempt to put pressure on Syrian regime officials to release them, while the Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Opposition (SNC) demanded the human rights institutions intervene on behalf of the prisoners.  

Noura al-Amir, vice president of the SNC, stressed the necessity “to put an end to the crimes of the Syrian regime against detainees in prisons”. 

Al-Amir urged the Red Cross to intervene and observe the health and legal situation in Syrian prisons. 

In an official statement published on Monday, the SNC said that the number of women in Syrian prisons has dramatically increased in the recent months, adding that under the legal and security vacuum the prisoners are suffering different kinds of torture which lead to death in many cases.

Christians in Detention 

In the meantime, the Syrian Network for Human Rights published a report entailing the status of the Christian detainees in Syria, where more than 215,000 prisoners are held by the Syrian authorities. The network listed names of 112,000 detainees.

Among the detainees there are at least 450 Christians, including 28 woman.

The report blamed the Syrian government for spreading sedition within the Syrian society by giving the conflict a sectarian dimension, yet denying the detention of hundreds of Christians. 

The network also accused militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) of committing violations against the Christian minority in Syria, especially in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, as well as the villages of Hasakah. 

The militants are blamed for forcing minority groups to evacuate their areas.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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