Thursday, September 01, 2011

Amnesty International Report

The most recent Amnesty International Report on Syria has focused on the issue of detention. It concludes that:

‘The prevailing situation in Syria has been one in which widespread torture and other ill-treatment are reported in Syria’s interrogation and detention centres and members of security forces effectively benefit from immunity from prosecution... Furthermore, what Amnesty International has documented is sufficient to conclude that there is a pattern of deaths in custody of suspected opponents of the regime occurring in circumstances that suggest that torture and other ill-treatment, including possibly denial of medical care, have been factors in the deaths.’

The report recounts individual stories of detention and torture adding to the growing force of the human rights criticism against the Syrian Government. Amnesty International supports calls for the International Criminal Court to investigate possible crimes against humanity.

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