The report is based on more than 200 interviews conducted with former detainees and defectors since the beginning of anti-government demonstrations in Syria in March 2011.
According to Ole Solvang, emergencies researcher at HRW:
The intelligence agencies are running an archipelago of torture centers scattered across the country. By publishing their locations, describing the torture methods, and identifying those in charge we are putting those responsible on notice that they will have to answer for these horrific crimes.
Unfortunately, the atrocities in Syria have received scant attention from global media. So in the absence of a KONY-esque video that could rally the world against human rights abuses, we'll have to be satisfied instead with a (surprisingly compelling) interview with HRW's Nadim Houry.