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UN experts say Syria snubs demands on torture

A U.N. committee says the Syrian government has snubbed its demand for a report on torture

The Committee Against Torture said the Syrians skipped a meeting Wednesday and failed to report on whether it is complying with a 1987 U.N. convention against torture

The committee's 10 independent experts monitor nations' compliance with the convention Syria joined in 2004.

A committee statement cited "widespread violations" of the convention by the government and alleged abuses by armed opposition groups.

Committee chair Claudio Grossman said the government has carried out widespread killings, torture in hospitals, detention centers and secret detention facilities, and torture of children and sexual torture of male detainees.

He said security forces have regularly raided hospitals to find and kill injured demonstrators and used mass graves to cover up abuses.