Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 11.10PM Mon 19 December 2011

An investigation into the detention and torture of Syrian civilians, featuring shocking video evidence of men, women and children being subjected to beatings, whippings and more elaborate torture.

In this film, victims, refugees and activists who have experienced or witnessed such brutality at the hands of Syrian President al-Assad's forces speak out.

Their stories, combined with the torture footage, refute President Assad's claims that his forces are simply quelling an armed insurgency.

To follow the conversation on twitter use the hash tag #torturemachine.

Disturbing and distressing descriptions and film of torture and atrocities, including the deaths of children.

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Victims, refugees and activists who have experienced or witnessed brutality at the hands of Syrian President al-Assad's forces speak out