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U.N. Report on Syria's Detainees Details Prisoner Abuse



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    Syrians stand on the debris of a building after the war crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on the residential areas in the opposition controlled Meshed district of Aleppo, Syria on February 5, 2016.

    Thousands of civilians are being secretly imprisoned, raped, tortured and exterminated by Syria's government as it wages a bloody civil war, a United Nations commission found Monday, NBC News reported.

    The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria lifted the lid on what it called a systematic, country-wide pattern of prisoner abuse by President Bashar Assad's regime — which it said amounted to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Tens of thousands of detainees have been arrested in what the commission described as a "countrywide pattern" of arbitrary detention over allegations such as supporting the opposition or being "insufficiently loyal" to the government.

    The report released Monday — entitled "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic" — was based on 621 interviews, including with around 200 former detainees, and extensive documentary material.