In Syria, the Deputy of the state Duma commented on the data about prison executions

Alexander Yushchenko

Representatives of the international human rights organization Amnesty International should personally visit a Syrian prison to assess the situation. This opinion on Tuesday, February 7, was expressed by the Deputy of the state Duma, member of the parliamentary group of friendship between Russia and Syria Alexander Yushchenko, RIA Novosti reported.

“They’re with my eyes I cannot see. Let them come, look, all show. I think they will change the attitude,” said Yushchenko, who is in Damascus.

The MP reminded that the President of Syria Bashar al-Asad extends the Amnesty to disarmed fighters. This, according to the MP, is a “telling fact” in favor of the fact that the government of the Republic is not set up to destroy the criminals.

Yushchenko, referring to the received from the Belgian colleagues information, assured that they were being held in Syrian prisons in fairly comfortable conditions.

“They (the Belgian deputies — approx. “Of the”) have visited the military prison where the detainees who fought from different countries on the side of terrorist organizations. They conducted interviews, they are seen as they are… No comments on the content these people they did not”, — Yushchenko said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Amnesty International published a report which says that in prison Saydnaya in Damascus from 2011 to 2015 was executed from 5 to 13 thousand people. The report is based on information received from 84 witnesses and experts, including prison guards, representatives of the authorities, former inmates, judges and lawyers.

Russian parliamentarians arrived in Syria on 6 February. The delegation, in addition to Yushchenko, became the coordinator of the friendship group with the Parliament of Syria, Dmitry Sablin (“United Russia”), head of the Duma Committee on civil society development issues, public and religious organisations Sergey Gavrilov (Communist party) and Russian doctors. They intend to meet with the leadership of Parliament and President al-Assad.