Report claims Syria tortured and executed thousands

Jan 21, 2014, 10:09 AM EST
Displaced Syrians walk through a makeshift camp for Syrian refugees only miles from the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley on November 12, 2013 in Majdal Anjar, Lebanon.
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There is clear evidence that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees since the start of the uprising, a report by three former war crimes prosecutors says. One of the authors told the BBC there was evidence of government involvement. Damascus has denied claims of abuse.

Background:

Human Rights Watch criticizes inaction on Syria [NYTimes]

Syria accused of torture and 11,000 executions [BBC]

U.N. withdraws Iran invitation to Syria talks [AP]

Low hopes, high stakes for Syria peace conference In Geneva [NPR]

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