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Introduction Taking over vast areas of province[1], the so-called Islamic State[2] aka ISIL started imposing harsh laws and issuing arbitrary sentences against civilians including summary executions, whipping, and stoning to death which are hudud STJ had earlier published a report, contained lengthy and detailed testimony[3] of a civilian received the hadd penalty for theft for the first time in 2017, in Al Bukamal city, Deir ez-Zor,  as he was punished with amputation of his right hand.  
The sentences of dozens of detainees in Adra Central Prison in Damascus are about to expire and they have received a release order, yet the Syrian government does not intend to free them. In previous years, the prisoners were referred to trial before the military field court in Damascus and were sentenced to different terms of temporary imprisonment. Rather than being released, they are to be transferred from Adra prison to Syrian services jails in the exact day when their sentences terminate, sources from within the jail reported to STJ.    The detainees...
Introduction It’s impossible for Ahmed to forget the appalling sight of the bodies thrown near him in the same cell. They were left for days before having a mass burial in the prison yard. That was a horrible experience Ahmed went through during his detention at Aleppo Central Prison in July 2013, witnessing a slaughter of 35 inmates. He couldn’t imagine something like this to happen! On the charge of financing terrorism, Ahmed spent 6 years in custody moving among security branches. That was confirmed to STJ by Ahmed[1] personally: “A...