Systematic torture in Syria

There is never an excuse for torture. Torture on all sides must be condemned. But  there is a big difference between a regime carrying out torture as policy and the individual acts of revenge-taking by a guerrilla army which has both its disciplined and undisciplined, even criminal, elements.

Gerald Tan: A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that Syrian intelligence agencies are running torture centers across the country where detainees are beaten with batons and cables, burned with acid, sexually assaulted, and their fingernails torn out.

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