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 ]


US Senate Torture Report
January 17, 2015
12/09/2014: UN rights expert urged prosecution of US officials responsible for torture 12/09/2014: Senate report concluded enhanced interrogation techniques 'ineffective' 11/28/2014: UN report criticized US compliance with anti-torture treaty 09/07/2014: CIA used 'extreme' torture methods on....... [more]

International Response to Torture Report
January 17, 2015
Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the Se....... [more]

US Senate Committee Release of Torture Report
January 17, 2015
The US Senate started its investigation of the CIA's post 9/11 detention and interrogation methods over five years ago. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reviewed over 6 million CIA documents and heard substantial testimony over the course of the investigation. The Senate concluded in i....... [more]

International Bans on Torture
January 17, 2015
Torture is illegal under both US and international law. Several international agreements ban torture, all ratified by the US. The majority of these treaties and declarations do not specifically define torture. One of the sole definitions comes from the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inh....... [more]

US Senate Torture Report
January 17, 2015
After September 11, 2001, the US government authorized a military offensive against Al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks. During this offensive, the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) carried out what has been described as a "torture program" to obtain inform....... [more]

Unknown Impact of Torture on 9/11 Justice
January 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist B. Shaw Drake, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discusses how the use of torture may be counterproductive to American military efforts...As a Case Management Coordinator at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, I have seen first-hand the devastatin....... [more]

Human rights lawyer jailed in Tajikistan
January 13, 2015
A court in Tajikistan on Tuesday sentenced Sukhrat Kudratov, an award-winning human rights lawyer, to nine years in prison for bribery and fraud. Kudratov, who was named human rights defender of the year in 2011 by the Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, represented political official Zaid Sai....... [more]

Guatemala court postpones ex-dictator's genocide retrial
January 6, 2015
The retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity was delayed on Monday. Two of the three judges on the panel accepted the defense's motion that the third judge, Judge Jeannette Valdez, should recuse herself from the trial on the grounds t....... [more]

Israel-based rights group files war crimes complaint with ICC against Palestinians
January 6, 2015
Israel-based rights organization Shurat HaDin Law Center announced Monday that it has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing three Palestinian leaders of war crimes. The complaint brings accusations of terrorism, torture and civil rights violations against Palestinian....... [more]

Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader to death
December 30, 2014
The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) sentenced Islamist leader ATM Azharul Islam to death on Tuesday for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation against Pakistan. Azharul Islam is the Assistant Secretary General of the nation's largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islam....... [more]

Debating Guantanamo Bay and Torture
December 28, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Clarence Leatherbury from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses the debate over torture techniques and our nations security... The American public was recently given information about the CIA's torture of suspected terrorists during the Bush Administrat....... [more]




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    Medical Foundation [advocacy]

    Torture FOIA [ACLU]