NEW YORK (Reuters) - Syrian intelligence agencies are running a network of torture centers across the country where detainees are beaten with batons and cables, burned with acid and sexually assaulted, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Tuesday.The question is: Will the UN Security Council go after Syria for crimes against humanity, or will it rather concentrate on the issue of "Jewish settlements"?
The state-sanctioned abuses amounted to crimes against humanity that should be investigated by the International Criminal Court, the New York-based campaign group added.
Its report identified 27 detention centers it said intelligence agencies have been using since March 2011 when President Bashar al-Assad's government began a crackdown on pro-democracy protests that have grown into an armed revolt.
Syria's government did not immediately respond to the accusations which have been echoed in earlier reports by the United Nations.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Report: Syria running torture center network