Torture, killings and human rights violations reported in Syria

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Widespread torture, killings and human rights violations have allegedly been committed in Syria, according to the Chairperson of the UN Committee against Torture.

Claudio Grossman spoke at a meeting in Geneva which took place despite the Syrian delegations absence.

Government officials were supposed to report to the Committee on what Syria has done to implement an international convention against torture.

Mr. Grossmann said the Committee is concerned about reports of human rights violations in Syria it has received from various sources including the UN as well as independent experts.

"Those sources mention gross and widespread human rights violations in the territory of the State Party such as torture and ill-treatment of detainees including children who have suffered torture and mutilation while detained, widespread or systematic attacks against civilians population including killing of peaceful demonstrators and excessive use of force against them, extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, arbitrary detention by police forces and the military, enforced and involuntary disappearances, persecution of human rights defenders and actors."

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The Chairperson of the UN Committee against Torture also said there have been alleged human rights violations by armed opposition groups in Syria as well.

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