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 ]


European Court exposes illegal detention facilities linked to CIA's extraordinary rendition program in Poland
July 27, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights handed down two rulings finding the Polish government in violation of European human rights laws based on the establishment of prison center used for illegal detainment and torture of terrorist suspects. Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday reported that the secr....... [more]

Europe rights court rules against Russia practice of caging defendants
July 18, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to pay damages in the amount of ?16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian trials to reach the Grand Cha....... [more]

AI: evidence of abductions, violence in Ukraine
July 12, 2014
There is mounting evidence of abductions and violence against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months, Amnesty International (AI) reported Friday. The report, entitled Abductions and Torture in Eastern Ukraine, documents the findings of allegations of abd....... [more]

Federal appeals court revives Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit
July 1, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction over a case of alleged torture in the Abu Ghraib prison because the alleged abuses occurred in Iraq. The case was brought in 200....... [more]

UN sets up human rights inquiry for Eritrea
June 28, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea. The council also condemned the human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, torture and restrictions on freedom of speech and religion....... [more]

UN rights officials call for end to torture
June 27, 2014
Senior UN officials urged the international community on Thursday to end the practice of torture in celebration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. "As we honour the victims on this International Day, let us pledge to strengthen our efforts to eradicate this heinous practice....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Israel not to legalize force feeding of prisoners
June 26, 2014
UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and the right to health, Juan Mendez and Anand Grover, on Wednesday urged the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prisons Act which would allow the forced feeding and medical treatment of inmates currently participating in a hung....... [more]

UN reports breakdown of law and order in Ukraine
June 20, 2014
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday issued a report on Ukraine that cites increasing evidence of abductions, detentions, torture and killings in the two eastern regions of the country where armed forces hold control. The report also cites a number of worrying trends....... [more]

Turkish court sentences two surviving members of 1980 military coup to life imprisonment
June 19, 2014
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced two former generals to life imprisonment for leading Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule. The two retired generals, 96-year-old Kenan Evren, who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and 89....... [more]

UN rights chief calls for end to female genital mutilation
June 17, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday called for intensive efforts to address the issue of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C), calling the practice a form of gender-based discrimination that violated the right to be free from torture. Pillay stressed that FGM/C caus....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Thailand to address violations
June 14, 2014
A group of independent UN human rights experts on Friday urged Thai authorities to reverse all measures affecting basic human rights and to restore democratic rule in the country. Human rights issues in Thailand have become an issue as political unrest has resulted in the suspension of the Constitu....... [more]




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