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UN slams 'rampant' torture in Syria

The UN's top human rights official has condemned the "rampant use of torture" in detention facilities in Syria.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said her office has documented a "broad pattern of torture and ill-treatment" in government facilities and some run by rebel groups.

Ms Pillay said in a statement that the report draws on detailed evidence from victims and witnesses.

The abuses include rape, beatings and burnings, sometimes leading to death.

Ms Pillay's office has documented widespread abuses by the government and rebel groups in Syria's three-year civil war, prompting calls for war crimes inquiries.

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