Torture in Syrian public hospitals amounts to crimes against humanity

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Secret footage of alleged torture of patients in Syrian hospitals aired by a British news programme corroborates evidence collected by a UN Commission of Inquiry sent to the country in November.

That's what Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday.

Individuals suspected by the Government of being involved in setting up and operating alternative medical facilities were also arrested and tortured by the security forces, Colville said.

He described the pictures shown by the news agency as "shocking".

"Commission of Inquiry report in November documented cases of injured people taken to military hospitals where they were beaten and tortured during interrogation. Torture and killings reportedly took place in the Homs Military Hospital (which is the one shown in the Channel 4 footage) by security forces dressed as doctors and allegedly acting with the complicity of medical personnel. In other words, what the commission of inquiry reported back in November is pretty much what you both see visually and in the witness account in the Channel 4 footage".

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He recalled that widespread and systematic, torture amounted to a crime against humanity under Article 2 of the Convention against Torture.

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