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United States: Prisoners detained in extreme solitary confinement

last updated Jul 21, 2014 Amnesty International (AI) accuses the US government of violating international law by detaining prisoners over prolonged duration in solitary confinement in the so-called Administrative Maximum facility near Florence, Colorado, a prison known as ADX Florence.

Libya: Detained migrants tortured and ill-treated

last updated Jun 30, 2014 Human Rights Watch (HRW) found evidence that security forces under the Libyan government regularly tortured and ill-treated migrant prisoners, including with severe beatings and electric shocks in several detention facilities. Amnesty International (AI) reported of migrants being subjected to arbitrary arrest, and denied access to information or medical care. Both organisations call the Libyan authorities as well as the European Union (EU) to account and urge them to immediately take steps against the unacceptable treatment of migrants in the country.

26th June: HUDI Team takes part to the Amnesty International Campaign “Gelbe Couch”

last updated Jun 26, 2014 Today, 26 June, is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and the Team Human Dignity and Public Security (HUDI) of the Institute celebrates it by taking part in the Amnesty International Campaign “Gelbe Couch” in Vienna.

26th June: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

last updated Jun 26, 2014 The 26th June is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On this occasion various human rights organisations raise awareness on the topic of torture and remind us that despite international standards and obligations torture and other forms of cruel and inhuman treatment still occurs.

Brazil: World Cup accompanied by excessive use of force, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment by police forces

last updated Jun 17, 2014 The World Cup started one week ago and demonstrations in Brazil are still ongoing. Thousands of Brazilians protest against government corruption and the poor level of healthcare, education and public transport in the light of excessive state spending for the World Cup. The state response to the demonstrations is alarming. Police forces try to repress the demonstrations with excessive use of force and violence against the protesters.

OHCHR: UN human rights expert calls for a global reform on laws on the use of force by the police

last updated Jun 17, 2014 In his recent report on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officials worldwide, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns calls upon a global reform on laws regulating the use of force by the police in order to meet international standards.

Bahrain: Released human rights activist Nabeel Rajab reported of torture and ill-treatment

last updated May 28, 2014 Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was released from prison after serving his two years sentence for his involvement in “illegal gatherings” related to anti-government protests in Bahrain which started in 2011. He reported being subjected to ill-treatment and witnessed torture while deprived of liberty.

Austria: Detainee neglected for months by prison staff

last updated May 21, 2014 The newspaper Falter reported the case of an Austrian detainee neglected in his prison cell over months by the prison staff until they noticed a decay scent.

Amnesty International: New worldwide campaign against torture

last updated May 13, 2014 According to Amnesty International (AI), more than half of the 155 state parties who ratified the UN Convention against Torture (CAT) are still using torture and other forms of ill-treatment. For that reason, AI launched their new campaign “Stop Torture” to take further steps to combat torture and ill-treatment.

China: Human rights lawyers allege torture by police officers

last updated Apr 17, 2014 In China, four human rights lawyers accuse police officers of torturing them while being deprived of liberty for supporting participants of the Falun Gong movement. Human Rights Watch (HRW) urges the Government to immediately open an independent investigation.

Syria: Systematic torture constitutes a crime against humanity according to the UN

last updated Apr 15, 2014 The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a new paper confirming the systematic and widespread use of torture against the civilian population by the Syrian Government and armed opposition groups within the ongoing conflict.

United States: CIA accused to have lied about severity of torture methods and their effectiveness

last updated Apr 03, 2014 A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee which is responsible for the monitoring of the United States Intelligence Community accuses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of misleading the government and the public about the post 9/11 program regarding the severity of torture methods and their effectiveness.

Egypt: UN states that the court procedure concerning 528 death sentences breaches international law and needs to be reviewed

last updated Apr 01, 2014 After the presumably largest mass death sentence in recent years by judges, the United Nations (UN) urges the Egyptian authorities to review the 528 death sentences to ensure new and fair trials under international human rights standards.

Sri Lanka: Systematic violence including torture and rape by security forces against Tamil people

last updated Mar 26, 2014 A new report accuses Sri Lanka’s security forces to still systematically use violence, including torture and rape, against Tamil men and women five years after the end of the brutal conflict between Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (Tamil Tigers). According to the report, torture and other ill-treatment is “approved by the highest levels of government”.

Vacancy: Intern/Volunteer

last updated Mar 26, 2014 The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights announces a vacancy as intern/volunteer in the team Human Dignity and Public Security Team.

North Korea: UN Commission of Inquiry reports on wide-ranging crimes against humanity

last updated Feb 20, 2014 The UN Commission of Inquiry in North Korea, established by the Human Rights Council in March 2013, just published its final report, in which it documents wide-ranging crimes against humanity arising from “policies established at the highest level of State”.

Iraq: Thousands of women illegally detained and tortured

last updated Feb 12, 2014 According to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW), Iraqi authorities are illegally detaining thousands of women. Many of them are subjected to torture and ill-treatment including rape or the threat of sexual abuse. Various international human rights groups complain about the failure of the Iraqi judicial system to investigate those allegations.

Ukraine: Allegations of torture and ill-treatment on an activist

last updated Feb 04, 2014 Dmytro Bulatov, one of the leading activists against the current Ukrainian authorities disappeared for eight days. He was recently found heavily injured in a village near Kiev and reported being kidnapped and tortured by unknown men.

Atlas of Torture: Final report on Togo published

last updated Jan 30, 2014 The Atlas of Torture project carried out by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights from 2010 to 2013 together with its local focal point YMCA publishes its final report on the project in Togo. The project gives a brief overview of the gaps and needs identified in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment in the country, describes the project activities carried out and their impact and analyses the follow-up to the project and how to advance in the prevention of torture.

Atlas of Torture: Final report on Moldova published

last updated Jan 30, 2014 The Atlas of Torture project carried out by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights from 2010 to 2013 publishes its final report on the project in Moldova. The project gives a brief overview of the gaps and needs identified in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment in the country, describes the project activities carried out and their impact and analyses the follow-up to the project and how to advance in the prevention of torture.

Syria: Photographs of detainees show “systematic” torture and killings

last updated Jan 21, 2014 On day before peace talks are due to begin in Switzerland, CNN and the Guardian reported that the Syrian authorities systematically tortured about 11.000 detainees during the ongoing uprising. They referred to a report published by three former war crime prosecutors which "documented industrial-scale killing".

Vacancy: Full time position in the team Human Dignity and Public Security

last updated Jan 14, 2014 The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights is seeking a researcher and project officer for the team Human Dignity and Public Security.

UK: Dossier of systematic use of torture by British troops in Iraq submitted to the ICC

last updated Jan 14, 2014 The Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) submitted a 250-page dossier to the International Criminal Court (ICC) stating that high-level authorities of the British government and military are allegedly responsible for a systematic use of torture by British soldiers in Iraq between 2003 and 2008.

Cambodia: Excessive use of force against protesters leads to five deaths

last updated Jan 08, 2014 On 3 January, Cambodian authorities reacted to the ongoing demonstrations against low garment factory wages and the July 2013 elections with excessive use of force against protesters. According to the United Nations (UN), five people were killed by security forces, 20 people were injured by gunfire and beatings, and 23 more people were detained. Their whereabouts remain unknown.

Syria: “Crime against humanity” according to the U.N.

last updated Dec 20, 2013 The U.N. accuses the Syrian government of committing a crime against humanity. According to a report released by the U.N., enforced disappearances are a widespread and systematically used method of the Syrian authorities.

Atlas of Torture: Final report on Paraguay published

last updated Dec 19, 2013 The Atlas of Torture project carried out by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights from 2010 to 2013 together with its local focal point CODEHUPY publishes its final report on the project in Paraguay. The project gives a brief overview of the gaps and needs identified in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment in the country, describes the project activities carried out and their impact and analyses the follow-up to the project and how to advance in the prevention of torture.

Mexico: Allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by security forces rose by 500% between 2006-2012

last updated Dec 18, 2013 Amnesty International reported widespread and systematically use of torture and other ill-treatment by state security forces including amongst others the police and the military. Mexican authorities tolerates these methods of investigation in order to gain statistics suggesting that “the police are fighting crime effectively.“

China: Progress in the abolishment of labour camps and death penalty

last updated Dec 10, 2013 The state Xinhua news agency announced that the authorities at the Communist party’s third plenum decided a 60-point policy directive which contains a number of “promises to improve human rights in the judicial system” including the abolishment of labour camps and the gradual reduction of crimes subjected to capital punishment.

Tunisia: HRW reported about the conditions of pre-trial detainees

last updated Dec 10, 2013 Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report concerning the situation of pre-trial detainees in Tunisia. The report examines the treatment of persons deprived of liberty in pre-trial detention, gaps in the system of legal safeguards against mistreatment and the conditions of pre-trial detention.

Cambodia: Torture and ill-treatment in drug detention centres

last updated Dec 10, 2013 Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report in which it accuse the Cambodian authorities to unlawfully detain hundreds of people in drug detention centres where they are exposed to torture, ill-treatment and forced labor. HRW urges the authorities to immediately release all persons deprived of liberty including drug users, sex workers and children.

Mali: Investigations in the „Missing Red Berets“ case started

last updated Dec 03, 2013 The Malian justice opened criminal investigations against 20 soldiers and officers who are allegedly responsible for the arrest and enforced disappearance of some 20 so-called “Red Berets” in May 2012. One of the accused is General Amadou Haya Sanogo.

Ghana: UNSRT concludes fact-finding mission

last updated Nov 20, 2013 On 14 November 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT) concluded his visit to Ghana and presented his preliminary observations on the situation of torture and ill-treatment in the country.

Tunisia: First National Preventive Mechanism established in the MENA-region

last updated Nov 13, 2013 With the establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), Tunisia fulfilled part of its obligations which came along with the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in June 2011.

South Africa: Allegations of torture and ill-treatment in private prison run by G4S

last updated Oct 29, 2013 According to various newspapers, the G4S-prison staff of South Africa’s private prison “Mangaung Correctional Centre” is accused of torture and ill-treatment of detainees including electric shocks and forced medical treatment. The government as well as G4S itself launched investigations in the allegations.

Ethiopia: Detainees tortured and ill-treated in the capital’s main detention centre

last updated Oct 25, 2013 Maekelawi, the main detention centre in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa, was the location of cruel human rights violations, according to a report of Human Rights Watch (HRW). Political detainees have allegedly been tortured and ill-treated by the security forces.

Iraq: 42 executions in only two days

last updated Oct 15, 2013 The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as well as Amnesty International (AI) urges the Iraqi authorities to immediately halt all executions, after 42 people were executed in two days. Those executions were criticized in particular due to the “World Day against Death Penalty” which took place in the same week.

Turkey: CPT publishes report of its June 2012 visit

last updated Oct 10, 2013 The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published the report of its ad hoc visit in June 2012 to Turkey, together with the response of the Turkish authorities.

USA: The longest solitary confinement in history

last updated Oct 09, 2013 Juan E. Méndez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture urges the U.S. government to end prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement, especially in regard of the cases of Albert Woodfox, who is still held in solitary confinement since 1972 and Herman Wallace, who died two days after his release of 41 years solitary confinement – according to the legal team of Mr. Wallace the longest solitary confinement in the history of the United States.

Brazil: Police officers charged with torture

last updated Oct 03, 2013 On Wednesday, homicide investigators said they would charge ten police officers with torture and murder in the disappearance allegedly of Amarildo de Souza, a construction worker from Rochina, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela and problem area.

Afghanistan: Government establishes a committee to end torture

last updated Oct 01, 2013 Over the past years, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other human rights organizations have repeatedly documented cases of Afghan detainees who were exposed to torture and other ill-treatment. On September 8th, 2013, the Afghan president Hamid Karzai established a new committee in order to “study the general conditions of prisons and detention centers, along with the condition and situation of prisoners and detainees.”

Bahrain: Children detained routinely by security forces

last updated Sep 24, 2013 Bahrain is state party of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which requires governments to protect children from torture and other ill-treatment and to guarantee special protections for all child detainees. However, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released an article, based on reports from victims, family members and legal rights activists, in which they accuse the Bahraini’s authorities to routinely detain children and to subject them to ill-treatment, especially in relation to the anti-government protests since 2011.

North Korea: UN offers first update about inquiry on torture and inhuman treatment in prison camps

last updated Sep 19, 2013 The UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) presented its first findings of widespread and serious human rights violations including torture, inhuman treatment, sexual violence, arbitrary detention and other “unspeakable atrocities” in the country’s prison camps.

China: Detained Chinese official died allegedly due to waterboarding

last updated Sep 06, 2013 A state-run newspaper reported on the death of the 42-year-old Yu Qiyi who died on the 9th April this year, allegedly due to waterboarding during an investigation in a secret detention centre run by the Communist party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

USA: Still no agreement between prison authorities and inmates – the hunger-strike continues

last updated Sep 04, 2013 At the beginning of July 2013, about 30 000 prison inmates started a hunger-strike to protest against inhuman conditions of detention, especially solitary confinement. According to information of Amnesty International (AI), more than 70 people are still refusing food.

Latvia: CPT reports ill-treatment and inhuman conditions of detention

last updated Aug 28, 2013 The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) released a country report based on its visit in 2011 including allegations of physical ill-treatment by police officers from persons in police custody. The CPT released its report together with the response of Latvian authorities.

Egypt: Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood allegedly tortured and killed in police custody

last updated Aug 20, 2013 Allegations of torture occurred after the death of 36 Muslim brotherhood followers while being deprived of their liberty. Egyptian officials stated in the first instance that the detainees were killed in the course of an escape attempt, whereas the Muslim Brotherhood stated that they were tear-gassed and shot while being locked in a police van.

Russia: HRW reports arbitrary detention and inhuman detention conditions of migrants

last updated Aug 13, 2013 In Moscow the police arrested thousands of people who allegedly do not have a legal residence or working permit just on the basis that they did not have a “Slavic” appearance. Hundreds of them are still kept in police detention centres, holding centres for foreign nationals or in a makeshift tent camp in Eastern Moscow.

Taiwan: Death of recruit due to ill-treatment

last updated Aug 08, 2013 On 4th of July, a young Taiwanese recruit died due to the ill-treatment of his superiors. Now the Taiwan authorities are under strain. According to a report of the Standard, between 100 000 and 200 000 people were demonstrating in the capital Taipeh, demanding the “truth” about the circumstances of the man’s death.

Brazil: Law for National Preventive Mechanism against torture and ill-treatment signed

last updated Aug 06, 2013 President Dilma Rousseff signed a law for establishing a National System to Prevent and Combat Torture including a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) against torture and ill-treatment. With the new law Brazil meets the standards of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture ratified in 2007.

Central African Republic: UN experts warn about widespread torture, ill-treatment and sexual violence

last updated Aug 06, 2013 Several UN experts raised their deep concerns about the human rights violations in the Central African Republic. In a press release of 5 August 2013 they criticized ongoing killings, torture, arbitrary detention, gender-based violence, enforced disappearances and 'mob justice' and warned about the rising insecurity and the absence of rule law over the last five month.

Malaysia: Increasing number of deaths in police custody

last updated Aug 01, 2013 Amnesty International (AI) released an article in which they urge the Malaysian authorities to immediately take steps against the rising number of deaths in police custody, some of them caused by torture and other ill-treatment.

South Africa: Legislation to prevent and combat torture signed by President Zuma

last updated Aug 01, 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma has signed the "Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act" into law which represents a great step forward in the battle to reduce police violence, torture and ill-treatment.

USA: US Senate held its first Guantanamo hearings since 2009

last updated Jul 25, 2013 After President Obama renewed his urge to close Guantanamo Bay detention centre this May, the US Senate held its first US congressional hearing on the issue in Washington DC on 24 July 2013. It was the first session since 2009. The Senate judiciary committee started to examine proposals to enable the closure of the detention centre. In the recent weeks and months over half of the detainees have been participating in a hunger strike urging for an end of their indefinite detention.

Australia: Rape and torture allegations in asylum seeker detention centre

last updated Jul 25, 2013 In an Australian-run detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus island claims of torture and rape have been occurred. At least six detainees have been raped and some had been forced to sew their lips together by fellow detainees. Such brutal assaults happen almost daily, stated Ron St. George, the former head of occupational health and safety at the centre. He stated further that immigration centre staff did not act promptly and sufficiently because they do not have means to separate detainees when such incidents happen.

Lebanon: Allegations of torture, ill-treatment and enforced disappearances

last updated Jul 25, 2013 According to an article of Human Rights Watch (HRW), several released detainees reported of being tortured and ill-treated by the Lebanon army while they were deprived of liberty at various army checkpoints, following clashes with armed supporters of Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir in June 2013 in the southern city of Saida.

USA: Prisoners in solitary detention on hunger strike for about two weeks

last updated Jul 21, 2013 On 8 July 2013 detainees in California and as well as out-of-state detained Californians started a hunger strike to protest against inhuman conditions of detention, especially solitary confinement. In the beginning 30,000 had been refusing food, work and class. Solitary Watch, a web-based platform against solitary confinement, referring to official figures of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) stated that 1,457 individuals in 15 prisons across the state are still considered to be on hunger strike.

Syria: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urges for truce in Syria

last updated Jul 21, 2013 Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights gave an overview about the situation in Syria in a briefing to the United Nations Security Council delivered by Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and calls all sides of the conflict to stop the atrocities and to respect their obligations by international law.

Yemen: Ethiopian migrants captured in “torture camps”

last updated Jul 19, 2013 Each year, about eighty thousand Ethiopian refugees try to come to Saudi Arabia. They get smuggled in boats across the Red Sea to the coasts of Yemen and then have to trek about five hundred kilometres to reach the Saudi borders. BBC released an article, in which the Ethiopian migrants spoke about their experiences and also report on so-called “torture camps”.

Austria: Four cases of sexual abuse in juvenile detention centres since January

last updated Jul 10, 2013 According to an article in the Standard, three more cases of sexual abuse in juvenile detention centres emerged, following the rape case of a 14-year old boy in pre-trial confinement in the detention centre Vienna-Josefstadt. Sven Pöllauer, spokesman of Minister of Justice Beatrix Karl and the head of the department for detention centres in Austria” Peter Prechtl confirmed the incidents.

Senegal/Chad: Hissène Habré's arrest a 'milestone for justice'

last updated Jul 10, 2013 The former president of Chad, Hissène Habré, who is allegedly responsible for the killing and torture of thousands of people during his eight-year reign in the 1980s, has been arrested by the police in Senegal where he has been living for 21 years after he was ousted during a coup.

United States: Video shows Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) undergoing a force-feeding procedure at Guantánamo Bay prison standards

last updated Jul 10, 2013 Currently, 106 detainees at Guantánamo Bay prison are on hunger strike which started in February due to their indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial. At least 44 of them get forced-feed twice a day. The Guardian released a video, showing Yasiin Bey, formerly known as rapper Mos Def, undergoing the standard procedure of force-feeding at Guantánamo Bay prison to demonstrate this painful and inhuman treatment.

Egypt: Military allegedly carry out arbitrarily arrests and killings of members of Muslim brotherhood

last updated Jul 09, 2013 The human rights organisations, HRW and AI, call for an end of arbitrary acts against Muslim Brotherhood and media institutions appending to them. Since the military took over power on 3 July 2013 various leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have been detained and media stations have been closed. Politicians have been arrested and kept in solitary confinement without giving information to lawyers and family members about their whereabouts and reasons of detention. On 8 July 2013, 51 protesters were killed outside the Republican Guard headquarters. AI and HRW are calling for an urgent independent investigation on the basis of international standards.

United Arab Emirates: Human rights organizations report systematic torture

last updated Jul 02, 2013 Three human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) received 22 statements from 94 people on trial for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. In the statements, the detainees report to be victims of torture and ill-treatment. According to the organizations, the content of the statements resembles other allegations of torture and degrading treatment in prison facilities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mauritania: Systematic torture in police stations and prisons

last updated Jul 02, 2013 Amnesty International (AI) reports widespread systematic torture in Mauritania’s police stations and prisons. The authorities use torture and ill-treatment to force men, woman and even children to confess crimes and use these confessions as main and very often only evidence during trial.

Austria: Inhuman conditions of detention in juvenile detention centers

last updated Jul 01, 2013 After a 14-year old detainee has been raped by three cell mates in a juvenile detention centre a discussion about inhuman conditions of detention in Austria and juvenile detention in general started.

Lebanon: HRW Report on torture and ill-treatment as “part of the job”

last updated Jul 01, 2013 Drug users, sex workers and LGBT people in Lebanon are highly at risk of torture and ill-treatment by Internal Security Forces (ISF) while being in custody. These three groups share their precarious status under Lebanese law as well as social stigma that make them particularly vulnerable to police abuse. A new Human Rights Watch report based on interviews with 52 people, including 25 women, documents those abuses over the past five years.

Tanzania: Socially marginalized groups highly at risk of torture and ill-treatment by police

last updated Jun 23, 2013 HRW and the Wake Up and Step Forward Coalition (WASO) stated in a newly released report that sex workers, people who use drugs and lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people who are most at risk of HIV face widespread police abuse and often can’t get help when they are victims of crime. The fear of being insulted or abused much worse is keeping these groups from visiting prevention and treatment services.

Libya: Allegations of Torture in Libyan immigration detention centres

last updated Jun 23, 2013 AI released a report “Scapegoats of fear: Rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants” about the unacceptable treatment of thousands of foreign nationals (many from sub-Saharan Africa) who are subjected to arbitrary arrests and held for long periods under inhuman conditions at immigration detention facilities, that the Libyan authorities call “holding centres”. The detainees have no immediate prospect of release or redress.

Human Rights Talk - Nothing can justify torture

last updated Jun 21, 2013 25 June 2013 - 19h

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Mali: AI reports child soldiers detained with adults, tortured and ill-treated

last updated Jun 17, 2013 According to information of Amnesty International (AI) Malian forces are detaining children who were recruited as child soldiers by armed groups or suspected to be linked with them. AI said they are deprived of liberty alongside adults and at high risk of torture and ill-treatment.

Laos: HRW and AI call the authorities to end the cover-up in activist disappearance

last updated Jun 17, 2013 Sombath Somphone, a leading social activist is missing since 15th December 2012. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) he is a victim of an enforced disappearance by the Lao authorities.

Turkey: Excessive use of force by police against protesters continues

last updated Jun 13, 2013 On April 11, 2013 the Turkish police brutally cleared the Taksim square by firing volleys of tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. Around 1,000 people were injured during the police operation. The clashes continued into the early hours because a small group of protesters started responding with fireworks.

Greece: HRW report on ethnic profiling and arbitrary detention of migrants and asylum seekers

last updated Jun 13, 2013 The HRW report documents random stops of people who appear to be foreigners, unjustified searches of their belongings, insults, and, in some cases, physical abuse. Many of them brought to police stations and held in detention while waiting for the verification of their legal status.

South Africa: Country Profile on AoT

last updated Jun 12, 2013

Thailand: HRW urges the authorities to stop the inhuman detention of Rohingya

last updated Jun 12, 2013 Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports the detention under inhuman conditions of more than 1700 ethnic Rohingya refugees from Burma in Thailand. HRW now calls upon the Thai government to immediately end those detentions and transfer the imprisoned people to adequate immigration detention centres.

Syria: HRC report alleges the use of chemical weapons, torture and ill-treatment

last updated Jun 06, 2013 The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic of the Human Rights Council released a report in which they claim that "Syria has reached new levels of brutality”. The report covers the period from 15 January to 15 May 2013 and is based on 430 interviews and other collected evidence. It demonstrates cases of the government’s use of chemical weapons, forcible displacements, torture, rape and other inhumane treatment.

UK/Kenya: £14m compensation for Mau Mau torture victims

last updated Jun 06, 2013 The British government will offer compensation over £14m ($ 20m) to victims who suffered castration, rape and beatings while in detention during a crackdown by British forces and their Kenyan allies during the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya in the 1950s.

Bahrain: Children detained in adult prisons

last updated Jun 05, 2013 Jehad Sadeq Aziz Salman and Ebrahim Ahmed Radi al-Moqdad, two Bahraini juveniles at the age of 16 and 17, were held in Dry Doc prison while on trial and are now detained in Jaw Prison, which both are geared for adults. According to Amnesty International (AI), this is not a single case in Bahrain.

Turkey: Protesters at the risk of torture and ill-treatment

last updated Jun 05, 2013 The excessive use of force of the police against protesters at the Gezi Park in Istanbul, resulted in a nationwide demonstration of hundreds of thousands citizens. The police responded with systematic violence against those protesters and reaching the level of ill-treatment and torture according to information from fidh.

Turkey: Inmates of juvenile prison allegedly subjected to torture

last updated May 31, 2013 Ertuğrul Kürkçü, member of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission and deputy of the Peace and Democratic Party (BDP), and the Progressive Lawyers Association made allegations that inmates of a juvenile prison in Izmir had been subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

UK: Torture victims unlawfully held in British immigration detention centres

last updated May 31, 2013 Hundreds of people who were tortured before seeking asylum in the UK could seek compensation and release from immigration detention. Five detainees successfully argued that officials denied further medical examinations after they claimed to be subjected to torture. The amount of compensation is being negotiated.

Kenya: Refugees at the risk of torture

last updated May 29, 2013 Today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report based on interviews with refugees, asylum seekers and Kenyans of Somali ethnicity. The report documents the ill-treatment and torture of refugees by the police between November 2012 and January 2013.

Zimbabwe: New Constitution – the start of a new human rights era?

last updated May 29, 2013 Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe signed into law a new constitution on the 22nd March. This concludes a three-year constitution-making process to replace the old Lancaster House constitution, which was adopted in 1980. According to Amnesty International (AI) this could be the opportunity for the country to depart from various human rights violations and promote a positive human rights culture.

Syria: Enforced disappearances – a weapon of the government

last updated May 27, 2013 According to the Syrian human rights monitors, the number of those who disappeared without a trace is now – more than two years after the beginning of the conflict – up in the thousands. Estimates range from 10.000 to 120.000 people deprived of liberty, whereas Amnesty International does not have certain statistics but calculates a number of tens of thousands of Syrian detainees.

Morocco/ Western Sahara: Six Sahrawi activists allegedly tortured

last updated May 27, 2013 Amnesty International (AI) urges the Moroccan authorities to establish an independent investigation into the allegations that six Sahrawi activists were tortured in pre-trial detention in Western Sahara.

Egypt: Human trafficking and torture at the Sinai Peninsula

last updated May 27, 2013 Every month, hundreds of migrants (mostly from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and even Madagascar) try to cross the borders from Egypt to Israel and Europe through the deserts of the Sinai Peninsula. According to the UN alone 3000 Eritreans attempt to escape on this way each month, but about 70% disappear in the region due to kidnapping and other organised crimes.

Guatemala: Former dictator’s conviction of genocide and crimes against humanity overturned

last updated May 23, 2013 Ten days after former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt, 86, was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in massacres of Mayans during the 36-year civil war, the Constitutional Court of Guatemala overturned the ruling due to procedural flaws. Martin Guzman, the constitutional court secretary stated, that the trial needed to go back to where it stood on 19 April to resolve several appeal issues.

Bahrain: Activists allege torture in police custody

last updated May 23, 2013 Human rights activists, in separate cases, are claiming to have been tortured after being detained for protesting against the Formula 1 grand prix race in April 2013. They claim to be subjected to electric shocks and forced to sign confessions. Human Rights Watch vehemently urges Bahraini authorities to investigate those allegations and to ensure that no evidences were obtained under torture.

Guatemala: Former Leader and General sentenced for genocide

last updated May 15, 2013 The former Guatemalan dictator and General Efraín Ríos Montt was held to account for being involved in a campaign that allegedly killed 200,000 people and led to 45,000 disappearances. On 10 May he was found guilty of crimes against humanity for his part in the killing of 1771 Mayan Ixils during the 1980s and sentenced for 80 years in prison. His co-defendant, former intelligence chief José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, was absolved by the court.

Sudan: Detained lawyer at risk of torture

last updated May 14, 2013 According to Amnesty International (AI) the Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist Asma Ahmed, who is a member of the banned opposition party the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), has been detained since 4th May by the Sudanese National Security Services (NSS) at the risk of torture and other ill-treatment

UK: Fifth periodic report published by CAT

last updated May 14, 2013 The Committee against Torture (CAT) published the fifth periodic report of the United Kingdom on how it implements the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

USA/Afghanistan: Afghan officials accuse a potential US army member of torturing civilians

last updated May 14, 2013 Afghan authorities accuses Z. Kandahari, according to them an American citizen and part of a Special Force Unit operating in Wardak Province, to be leading part in a case of 15 disappeared and tortured Afghans.

Maldives: Death penalty imposed on two minors

last updated May 07, 2013 Amnesty International (AI) urges the Maldives authorities to commute the death sentences of two minors, who received capital punishment for a murder.

25th anniversary of the UN Committee against Torture

last updated May 07, 2013 As the UN Committee against Torture celebrates its 25th anniversary, seven human rights organisations have started a campaign to urge countries that have not yet ratified the Convention against Torture to do so.

Atlas of Torture Project

Final Comparative Report published

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