Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Torture 'routinely' used in Syria  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 15/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Geneva: the un's human rights chief on monday condemned the 'routine" use of torture in syrian detention facilities as a new report said victims were raped beaten and had their teeth and toenails pulled out

Navi pillay said torture was routinely used in government detention facilities as well as by some armed groups in syria where more than 150000 people have been killed in a bloody civil war

'in armed conflict torture constitutes a war crime" said the un rights commissioner. 'when it is used in a systematic or widespread manner which is almost certainly the case in syria it also amounts to a crime against humanity.

The un report based on accounts by 38 survivors detailed the systematic torture of men women and children in the war-ravaged country

Detainees arriving at government detention facilities were 'routinely beaten and humiliated for several hours by guards in what has come to be known as the 'reception party'" it said

A 30-year-old university student described how he was beaten had his beard pulled out and his feet burned at an air force intelligence facility where he was interrogated in 2012

In another session 'they pulled out two of my toenails with pliers" he said.

And a 26-year-old woman gave an account of being beaten raped and having her teeth pulled out

'they called us prostitutes and spat in our faces" said the woman whose family rejected her after learning she had been raped

Nearly half syria's population has been forced to flee their homes since peaceful anti-government protests that began in 2011 spiraled into a deadly conflict

The un report documented cases of people who died in detention 'in circumstances which suggest that torture was the cause.

Investigators also found that several armed groups including the islamic state in iraq and the levant (isil) and the al-nusra front had used torture against men women and children

Human rights activists and medical workers seen to be affiliated with other armed groups were particularly vulnerable. one activist told pillay's office he had been repeatedly arrested by isil last july and august

'they beat me with electric cables punched me on my face and hit my head with their rifle butts" he said

The report also details 'abhorrent" conditions in many government-run detention centers

A 60-year-old man who spent three months in different detention centers including one run by military intelligence said 120 men were crammed into a 6x8-meter cell

'we just slept on each other" he said adding that his cellmates were tortured and returned to 'with open wounds that remained untreated and became infected.

Pillay said torturers must be brought to justice and victims given treatment and fair compensation

She also reiterated her call for damascus to allow the un and other international bodies to monitor conditions in detention centers

'i urge the government and armed opposition groups in syria to immediately halt the use of torture and ill-treatment and to release all those who have been arbitrarily detained in conditions that clearly breach international human rights standards" she said.


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Feb 27 2015 - UAE's Etisalat posts USD13.28b revenue in 2014MENAFN
(MENAFN) UAE's Etisalat , or Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, posted USD2.42 billion net profit on revenues of USD13.28 billion in 2014, Gulf News reported.The telecommunications company said ...

 Feb 27 2015 - Oman's economic growth projected at USD75b in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Oman's real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is projected at about 3.2 percent and 3.4 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively, by global rating agency Standard & Poor's, Times of Oman ...

 Feb 27 2015 - UAE's Meraas gets USD588.8m contracts for advanced Dubai property projectsMENAFN
(MENAFN) UAE's Meraas was awarded USD588.8 million worth of contracts to Al Futtaim Carillion to build its ambitious Le Mer and Dubai Creek Waterfront schemes, The National reported.The project is ...

 Feb 27 2015 - Lebanon-born Syrian refugees risk stateless legal limboAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) Syrian refugee Yasmine Khalaf lies next to her day-old daughter Israa in a Lebanese hospital, worrying that her tiny newborn risks life without a legal identity. Israa, sleeping ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- King departs for CairoJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday left for Cairo on a visit to Egypt during which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- 688 dead 14000 injured in traffic accidents in 2014Jordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Statistics issued by the Central Traffic Department (CTD) Thursday showed that the number of traffic accidents and deaths had declined in 2014 ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- Conference on women in Sharia concludes meetingsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb.26 (Petra) - The closing session of Women in Sharia" conference which concluded meetings Wednesday evening discussed challenges faced by workers in the defense ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan condemns burning of church in Jerusalem by Jewish extremistsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Al Momani Thursday condemned the burning of a church by Jewish extremists in occupied Jerusalem earlier ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan NATO discuss ties counter- terrorism effortsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Mohammad Bani Yaseen and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Lebanese economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Lebanon anticipates its economy to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, according to finance minister, after reporting a Eurobond of USD2.2 billion, the largest issue in the country's history, ...

more...


 






Google

Electronic & Mobile Payment

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help