Syria: Torture archipelago of 27 detention centres, HRW says

Report accuses Syrian intelligence of crimes against humanity

03 July, 18:26

(ANSAMed) - ROME, JULY 3 - Tens of thousands of prisoners in 27 Syrian detention centres are ''beaten, raped and tortured'' on a daily basis, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released today.

The 81-page report, titled The Torture Archipelago, explicitly accuses Syrian security forces of crimes against humanity. The report is based on over 200 interviews with ex detainees and Army deserters carried out beginning in March 2011, when people first took to the streets against the ruling regime. ''The systematic use of torture and abuse documented by HRW indicates that torture is an explicit State policy, and therefore constitutes a crime against humanity,'' the report says.

''Syrian intelligence agencies run an archipelago of torture centres spread throughout the country,'' said Ole Solvang, an HRW reasearcher. ''By publishing their location, describing the methods of torture and identifying those responsible, we are letting those people know that they will be held accountable for their horrible crimes.'' (ANSAMed).

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