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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
last updated May 07, 2013 The British government has started to negotiate compensation payments for thousands of Kenyans who were deprived of their liberty and allegedly tortured during the Mau-Mau uprising during the 1950s. This would be the first compensation settlement for torture and ill-treatment under British imperial rule. The UK high court ruled on 5 October 2012 that the plaintiffs can proceed with compensation claims against the British government.
last updated May 07, 2013 Next month the 79-year-old Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, a torture survivor of the Pinochet regime, will receive the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights about his compensation request. His claim has become the leading case for those seeking compensation from Chile and could set new international standards.
last updated May 07, 2013 The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and various UN Special Rapporteurs urge the United States to adopt all possible measures to guarantee the detainees at Guantánamo Bay detention centre to be released or prosecuted with regard to international human rights, particularly in the context of the current hunger strike.
last updated Apr 30, 2013 Ahmed Ismael al-‘Akkad was arrested in November 2012 during a raid by Syrian authorities in the Sunni Muslim al-Midan neighbourhood in Damascus. Since then he has been missing. None of his family members know about his whereabouts and they are too afraid to ask authorities. They only received a smuggled note from Ahmed from a detention center soon after his disappearance. He claims the inhuman conditions of his detention and the lack of medication for his asthma have worsened his health.
last updated Apr 30, 2013 Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh from the UK were arrested whilst on holiday in Dubai for alleged drug abuse in July 2012 and sentenced to four years in prison on April 29, 2013.
last updated Apr 30, 2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has now executed five people since its inauguration in December 2012. Two detainees, who were convicted for murder after shooting rival gang members, were hanged on April 26. The other three executions took place in February.
last updated Apr 30, 2013 There is an east-west-divide in Austria about the usage of such beds in psychiatric institutions. Whereas in the east it is very common, in the western parts of Austria (starting from Linz) there were no such beds, states Ombudsman Peter Kostelka.
According to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) the confinement of patients in such beds is inhuman deprivation of liberty and therefore the Austrian Ombudsman Board started an investigation.
last updated Apr 26, 2013 The hunger strike in Guantanamo, who started on February 6th, has increased during the last weeks. 92 detainees out of 166 are refusing food at the moment. 17 of them are being force-fed and two are in hospital but not in a “life-threatening” condition, according to Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House.
last updated Apr 25, 2013 The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) urges the international community to pay attention to the current situation of lawyers in Syria, who are especially affected of harassments.
last updated Apr 25, 2013 The United Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT), Juan E. Méndez, announced that the government of Bahrain postponed his visit (which should take place from 8 to 15 May 2013) for the second time at very short notice and no alternative dates were offered.
last updated Apr 18, 2013 The US Supreme Court rejects Ogoni activists from suing the oil company Shell for being allegedly accomplice to the Nigerian military junta in 1995 in the torture and murder of nine Ogoni activists, known as the Ogoni Nine.
last updated Apr 18, 2013 According to a new report released by Amnesty International (AI) out of 114474 complaints made to prosecutors about police ill-treatment in 2012, only 1750 were investigated, leading to 320 prosecution cases being opened against 438 police officers.
last updated Apr 18, 2013 An elaborate report about U.S. torture practices after 9/11 will be released by an independent task force. The 11 member panel convened by the Constitution Project analysed the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq and at the C.I.A.’s secret prisons and accuses the government under George W. Bush of knowing and hiding those torture methods.
last updated Apr 18, 2013 A 47-year old Romanian citizen died in detention after being suspected to have stolen a chainsaw. Two Hungarian police men are suspected for beating him over 2 hours before he died. Both are now suspended from their duties and two of their superiors, too.
last updated Apr 10, 2013 The Egyptian army were involved in the torture, forced disappearances and killings of civilians during the 2011 uprising, a leaked chapter of a high-level investigation report shows, according to the Guardian. The report is yet to be made public but is expected to raise the pressure on President Mohamed Morsi who has refused to prosecute any officers following his win in the elections last June.
last updated Apr 10, 2013 Amnesty International (AI) has released its annual report on the application of the death penalty around the world declaring that the global trend towards abolishing capital punishment is continuing.
last updated Apr 08, 2013 A judge has sentenced a man to paralysis for allegedly stabbing his friend in the back ten years ago. Ali al-Khawahir, fourteen at the time of the alleged crime, will be paralysed unless he pays 1m Saudi riyals (208,000€) in compensation to the victim for causing the paralysis. The sentence has triggered international criticism by states and human rights organisations.
last updated Apr 03, 2013 New details have emerged about the cruel torture of Iraqi prisoners after UK soldiers have decided to give account on some of the most serious human rights violations at Camp Nama, a US-run detention facility at Baghdad International Airport. The British witnesses were employed by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Army Air corps squadron and had guard and transport duties to fulfil at the detention centre at the time of the incidents.
last updated Apr 03, 2013 Human Rights Watch (HRW) has documented seven cases of torture inflicted by Malian soldiers on suspected supporters of Islamist armed groups and called upon the Government to investigate the accusations promptly and impartially.
last updated Mar 07, 2013 The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT), Juan E. Méndez has warned that abuses in health-care settings may be considered cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and amount to torture if there is state involvement.
last updated Mar 07, 2013 The Guardian and BBC Arabic have revealed that US veterans were put in charge of the special police commando (SPC) in Iraq, a unit that committed horrendous acts of torture during the US occupation. It is the first time that patterns of systematic torture could be traced back to high-level commandos with direct links to General David Petraeus and former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.
last updated Mar 05, 2013 Eight police officers were suspended and charged with murder after video footage showed them tying a man to the police van and dragging him along the road. The man, Mido Macia, later died of head injuries and internal bleeding.
last updated Feb 28, 2013 After receiving reports that US special forces were involved in the torture and disappearance of Afghan civilians, the Afghan government has ordered the elite forces to leave the province Maidan Wardak. Despite rejections from the US government, President Hamid Karzai seems to rate the evidence as strong enough to demand the retreat.
last updated Feb 21, 2013 The Dubai police have denied the alleged torture of three men charged for consumption and possession of drugs. The three UK citizens have been detained for seven months and claim that the authorities have tortured them by putting guns to their heads and administering electric shocks to their testicles.
last updated Feb 19, 2013 A Moroccan military court has convicted 24 activists in relation to the killing of eleven soldiers at a protest camp in 2010 where they demonstrated against their marginalization and the annexation of the Western Sahara territory in 1975. Nine of the 24 received life sentences and many of the accused claimed to have been tortured in custody.
last updated Feb 14, 2013 The UK organisation Freedom from Torture has disclosed information received by the Home Office that fifteen failed asylum seekers from Sri Lanka claim to have been tortured or abused after their forced return in 2011 by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). All fifteen managed to escape back to the UK where they have been granted refugee status subsequently.
last updated Feb 12, 2013 The Afghan Government has acknowledged the findings of a United Nations Report released on 20 January which gave evidence that nearly half of the 284 interviewed detainees were tortured. It is the first time that the Afghan Government has confirmed the problem of widespread torture of prisoners. The Government panel denied, however, that there was systematic torture in Afghanistan.
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