Headlines in Western media reported that “new evidence supports claims about Syrian state detention deaths.” The Guardian added that “a leading rights group has released new evidence that up to 7,000 Syrians who died in state detention centres were tortured, mistreated, or executed” and, noting that this information is a moral wake-up call, demanded that officials being held to account should be “central to peace efforts.”
However, as is usually so, not everything is quite as it seems. So let’s take a look at the facts.
First the timing.
As has become commonplace, the timing of reports like these almost always coincide with important diplomatic meetings or just after important UN resolutions are passed.