July 3rd, 2012
01:00 AM ET

Report describes brutal torture in Syria

"Basat al reeh." "Dulab." "Falaqa." They are Arabic names for torture techniques that send chills through the hearts of Syrians, particularly the untold thousands who are believed to have been detained during the uprising of the last 15 months.

"We suffered torture all the time," said Tariq, an opposition activist from the port city of Latakia who spent 40 days in solitary confinement in spring 2011.

He told CNN he endured "dulab," in which torturers force the prisoner's legs and head into a car tire before beating them, and "basat al reeh," in which the prisoner is tied to a board and beaten.

"They threw cold water on our naked bodies and they also urinated on us ... they are really good at what they do," said Tariq, who now is in Turkey helping mobilize men and weapons to rebels inside Syria.

According to a report published Tuesday by the New York-based human rights organization Human Rights Watch, the Syrian government has been carrying out "a state policy of torture" as part of an effort to crush dissent throughout the unrest.


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  1. saywhat

    News of .CIA's very own secret cells for detainees spread around the world have surfaced. What happens to the prisoners in them 'luxury' dens is anybody's guess.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hope


    Bash Assad says he feels regret for shooting Turkey's plane down. Regret? What good is HIS reget while his freedom fighters and their wives and babies lie lifeless in the street that only the brave dare walk and people are trying to flee from what 'used-to-be' their homes.

    Bash Assad!

    July 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Clausewitz

    News flash: Brutal torture is absolutely ordinary throughout the Arab world. You make the typical mistake of projecting western values onto the rest of the world. I'm not certain it's a worse system than America's. Incarcerating a medium security prisoner costs the taxpayer $32,000 per year. We just warehouse our thugs at extraordinary cost. Brutally torturing them for a year or so may achieve better deterrent results. American prisons are practically a home away from home for many degenerate low lifes.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
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