United Nations human rights investigators said that the Syrian government has carried out a state policy of extermination against thousands of detainees accusing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of crimes against humanity.
“The government has committed the crimes against humanity of extermination, murder, rape or other forms of sexual violence, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and other inhuman acts”.
The report, published on Monday, indicates that both loyalist and anti-government forces have committed possible crimes against humanity.
Interviews which include hundreds with former detainees, family of the deceased, and former regime members that have been conducted since March 2011 found that many detainees were tortured, beaten to death, or died from lack of food, water, or medical care.
Investigators found that rebel groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group commonly executed and mistreated prisoners, committing torture and summary executions.
The report calls for, “Accountability for these and other crimes” before any political solution can be reached in Syria.