Human Rights Watch reports systematic use of torture in Syria

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 4:12:16 by

The NGO on Tuesday, published a an 81-page report on the Syrian government’s systematic use of torture under the title “Archipelago of torture”

“Torture continues in Syria today and is the product of the government,” says the head of Human Rights Watch, Nadim Houry.

On Tuesday, the NGO published an 81-page report on the use of torture against Bashar Al-Assad’s opponents under the title of “Archipelago of torture”.

Based on more than 200 interviews with former detainees, former members of security forces, this document can be found on the HRW website and claims that the regime has no less than 27 torture cells all across the country.

“By publishing these locations, describing the methods of torture, we make those responsible to face what they have to answer for these horrific crimes,” says HRW researcher Ole Solvang.

Majority of these victims are aged between 18 and 35 including women and children. HRW has now called on the UN Security Council to enter the International Criminal Court and adopt sanctions against Syrian officials involved in these heinous acts.  

Four Syrian intelligence agencies, known as the “mukhabarat” are leading the vast network of detention centres.

Prisoners are kept in painful stress positions for long periods of time, often to the aid of specially designed equipment for that purpose. The use of electricity, burning with acid car batteries, sexual assault and humiliation, pulling out nails and mock
executions are the methods used in these cells.

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