Syria: HRW, evidence of regime torturing prisoners in Raqqa

Cells and torture devices reported by ex detainees found

17 May, 13:31

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MAY 17 - Cells and torture chambers where detainees were arbitrarily held and tortured have been found in Raqqa, northern Syria's main city which is under the control of local armed opposition groups, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. Researchers with the US NGO travelled to Raqqa in April and visited the state security and military intelligence facilities where detainees were reportedly tortured. The HRW team found documents and instruments which perfectly matched torture reports by Syrian political prisoners.

    'The documents, prison cells, interrogation rooms and torture devices we saw in the government's security facilities are consistent with the torture former detainees have described to us since the beginning of the uprising in Syria', said Nadim Houry, the Beirut-based deputy Middle East director of Human Rights Watch.

    HRW said its researchers found in the state security facility, among other things, a 'bsaat al-reeh' torture device, which former inmates have said has been used to immobilize them and severely stretch or bend their limbs. (ANSAmed)
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