17,000 People Have Died in Syrian Prisons Since Start of War: Report

August 18, 2016 12:10 AM

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17,000 People Have Died in Syrian Prisons Since Start of War: Report

More than 300 people die in Syrian prisons every month, often after being subjected to brutal torture and abuse by security forces, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

The report says at least 17,723 people have died in custody in Syrian prisons since the start of the country’s conflict in 2011, and it documents crimes against humanity committed by government forces. While detainees dying in Syrian prison custody isn’t new—in the decade leading up to 2011, there w...

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