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UN rights chief slams `rampant` torture in Syria

PTI | Last Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 04:23

Geneva: The UN`s top human rights official has condemned the "rampant use of torture" in detention facilities in Syria.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says her office has documented a "broad pattern of torture and ill-treatment" in government facilities and some run by rebel groups.
Pillay said in a statement today that the report draws on detailed testimony from victims and witnesses.
The abuses include rape, beatings and burnings, sometimes leading to death.
Pillay`s office has documented widespread abuses by the government and rebel groups in Syria`s three-year civil war, prompting calls for war crimes inquiries.

First Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 04:23

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