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Syria: Systematic use of torture and ill-treatment in detention

last updated Mar 14, 2012

On Wednesday 14 March 2012, Amnesty International (AI) released a report which documents 31 methods of torture or ill-treatment used mostly by Syrian security forces, including beating with sticks, rifle butts, whips, fists, braided cables and the use of electro shocks. In addition, reports of rape and other torture and ill-treatment of a sexual nature have increased. The report, entitled "I Wanted to Die", is based on testimonies of Syrian refugees and former detainees, who fled to Jordan. Delegates of Amnesty International, who interviewed the refugees, said that if these reports were true they were “deeply disturbing”. According to the testimonies, the use of torture in detention is systematically and routinely practiced; these crimes have been committed “with the apparent knowledge and consent of the highest levels of the State”. In conclusion, Amnesty International is calling upon the UN Security Council and the international community to take action against these human right violations, and is urging the Syrian authorities to put an end to these practices.

AI (2012) Report: "I Wanted to Die"

Amnesty International: Syria: New report finds systemic and widespread torture and ill-treatment in detention

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