'I wanted to die': Syria’s torture survivors speak out

Syrians protest against the bloodshed in February 2012 © Getty Images
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March 14, 2012

'I wanted to die': Syria’s torture survivors speak out

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A grim catalogue of torture has emerged from former detainees describing their treatment in Syria's detention centres since the predominantly peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government began in March 2011. This report reveals that all the various security forces are routinely torturing and ill-treating detainees held in the context of the protests and unrest, using methods of cruelty mostly used for decades. The torture carried out appears to be part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population as part of Syrian government policy to crush dissent.

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