Systematic use of torture by the Syrian Regime

According to a new report by the Human Rights Watch, Syrian intelligence agencies are systematically using torture, causing around 15,000 deaths since March 2011. The 81-page report includes maps locating detention facilities, video interviews with former detainees and sketches of torture techniques. The New York-based watchdog has called on the United Nation Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to adopt targeted sanction against officials involved in the abuses. Although Britain and other western governments have supported the watchdog’s calls, China and Russia have used their veto power in the Security Council to block any attempts to bring the Syrian government before the ICC.




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