BEIRUT: The Syrian government is concerned with “rehabilitating” people in jail and making sure that “justice is applied” inside the country’s prisons, a minister said Monday.
State news agency SANA quoted Interior Minister Mohammad Shaar as making the remarks during a meeting with a local NGO concerned with providing aid to prisoners.
“Prison is an institution that reforms and rehabilitates [people], one in which all prisoners are equal,” he said.
“The ministry is applying justice inside prisons, and it does not permit the exploitation of the needs of prisoners under any circumstance.”
Shaar also pledged to work with the NGO to set down the “foundations” for its work inside Syria’s prisons, in coordination with the ministry.
Human rights and other groups have routinely accused the regime of torturing detainees and prisoners, with some maintaining thousands have been killed in government prisons, whether through torture, malnutrition or execution.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 13, 2014, on page 8.