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Amnesty claims torture of Syrian protesters

Tony Eastley reported this story on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 08:03:00

TONY EASTLEY: The latest diplomatic crisis between Damascus and Washington came as 16 people were
reportedly killed in new violence, including eight civilians in the central protest city of Homs.

There were dozens of injuries.

In Syria, a hospital is the last place the injured protesters want to be taken to.

A report compiled by Amnesty International documents how patients in at least four government run
hospitals have been tortured and ill treated.

Cilina Nasser is an Amnesty researcher for the Middle East and North Africa.

Cilina Nasser it appears to me to be a very messy business, sometimes it's hospital workers who are
the perpetrators of violence and in other instances it's hospital staff who are being targeted. Can
you explain what's happening?

CILINA NASSER: Unfortunately we received a lot of testimony from wounded persons who say that
health workers, including nurses and sometimes doctors, physically abused them. And these
testimonies are also corroborated by other health professionals who are outraged by what's going
on.

At the same time there are health professionals in Syria who are treating the wounded, performing
their duty by treating the wounded, who find themselves a target for arrest and likely torture.

TONY EASTLEY: Cilina Nasser, where in the country are these things happening?

CILINA NASSER: The cases that we investigated took place in four government-run hospitals; three in
the governorate of Homs and one in the coastal city of Banyas.

TONY EASTLEY: There are cases, are there not, which are quite sinister, where patients have
actually disappeared from government-run hospitals?

CILINA NASSER: Yes there are cases where wounded persons go to government-run hospitals and I spoke
to doctors who told me that the following day they would come to the hospital, they would go to
check on this wounded patient and they find out that the security forces have already removed them
from there and they took them to an unknown destination.

TONY EASTLEY: Cilina Nasser who's with Amnesty International.