UN rights chief slams ‘rampant’ torture in Syria
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UN rights chief slams ‘rampant’ torture in Syria

Navi Pillay says her office documented cases of rape, beatings and burning in army and rebel facilities alike

Pro-government forces stand on a street in the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014 after they seized full control of the rebel bastion in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border. (photo credit: Topshots/AFP/Joseph Eid)
Pro-government forces stand on a street in the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014 after they seized full control of the rebel bastion in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border. (photo credit: Topshots/AFP/Joseph Eid)

GENEVA — The UN’s top human rights official condemned Monday 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 Monday that the report draws on detailed testimony from victims and witnesses.

The abuses include rape, beatings and burning, 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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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