TORTURE
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Torture is the infliction of severe physical or psychological pain or grief as an expression of cruelty, a means of intimidation, deterrent, revenge or punishment, or as a tool for the extraction of information or confessions. Torture is almost universally considered to be an extreme violation of human rights, as stated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Signatories of the Third Geneva Convention and Fourth Geneva Convention agree not to torture protected persons (enemy civilians and POWs) in armed conflicts, and signatories of the UN Convention Against Torture agree not to intentionally inflict severe pain or suffering on anyone, to obtain information or a confession, to punish them, or to coerce them or a third person...[ Wikipedia ]


ICTY orders Serbia to return Seselj to detention
May 26, 2015
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday ordered Serbia's justice ministry to return Vojislav Seselj, ailing alleged war criminal, to his detention cell immediately. Seselj had been held in The Hague on charges of leading ethnic Serbs to persecute non-Serbs du....... [more]

UN rights expert calls for adoption of revised standard for treatment of prisoners
May 20, 2015
The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez, called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules include several practical elements that pro....... [more]

Amnesty reports widespread torture by Morocco authorities
May 20, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday reported widespread torture of detainees in Morocco and Western Sahara at the hands of authorities. AI documented 173 cases of torture between 2010 and 2014, including beatings, asphyxiation, drowning techniques and rape threats. The report also stated that medi....... [more]

Poland to make payments to alleged CIA rendition victims
May 15, 2015
The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights had imposed a Saturday deadline on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were awarded USD $147,000 and....... [more]

HRW: China police abusing detainees despite reforms
May 14, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Wednesday detailing the continued abuse of criminal suspects by Chinese police. The interviewed detainees reported instances of torture, including being shackled to a "tiger chair" for days and being hung by the wrists. Despite detention reforms in China, i....... [more]

Amnesty: Libya migrants facing rape and torture
May 12, 2015
Refugees and migrants crossing through Libya face human rights abuses including torture and rape, Amnesty International (AI) reported Sunday. The report asserts that foreign nationals in Libya are subject to alarming rates of rape, torture and abduction, causing many to risk their lives crossing the....... [more]

Bahrain extends detention of activist Nabeel Rajab
April 26, 2015
Bahrain Public Prosecution on Sunday extended the period of detention of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab by 15 days, citing a need for further investigation. According to Rajab's wife, the activist was arrested on April 2 for tweets he posted about torture practices in Jau prison. At the....... [more]

Rights groups: 'less-lethal' weapons can have deadly consequences
April 14, 2015
So-called "less-lethal" weapons used by law enforcement can have deadly consequences, Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation said in a briefing presented Monday to the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar. Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at AI, stated, "oli....... [more]

Bangladesh executes Islamist leader for war crimes
April 12, 2015
Islamist opposition leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was executed in Bangladesh on Saturday for war crimes committed in 1971 during the nation's war of independence. Kamaruzzaman, who was one of the highest-ranking officials in the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, was convicted of committing torture, ab....... [more]

Spain judge upholds genocide charges against 7 Morocco officials
April 10, 2015
A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited to Spain to face a trial....... [more]

US deports El Salvador ex-general tied to 1980s civil war rights abuses
April 9, 2015
A Salvadoran ex-general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported from the US on Wednesday. Former General Eugenio Vides Casanova will not face charges in El Salvador due to an amnesty law. Vides Casanova was tied to killings and torture committed by sold....... [more]




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    IRCT [advocacy]

    APT [advocacy]

    Medical Foundation [advocacy]

    Torture FOIA [ACLU]