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 ]


HRW: Afghanistan donors must urge prosecution of human rights violations
March 3, 2015
Economic donors to Afghanistan should encourage the prosecution of officials guilty of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in a report issued Tuesday. The report details the long-standing violations that have left victims with no redress for years and stresses the importance of....... [more]

Egypt detains 2 police officers over lawyer's death
February 27, 2015
Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained two police officers over allegations that they tortured a lawyer to death inside a Cairo police station. The detentions came after Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi summoned seven police officers from the station where the event took place. Five were released....... [more]

UN reports progress toward torture prevention in Afghanistan
February 25, 2015
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced Wednesday that Afghanistan has made "some progress" toward preventing the torture and ill-treatment of detainees held in government custody. The UN officials acknowledged the effort and commitment the Afghan government has shown towards elim....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Syria to release activists held without due process
February 19, 2015
UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Syrian authorities on Thursday to release jailed activists that have been held without due process, in some cases for years, after reports of widespread torture and human rights abuses of detainees. Syrian authorities reportedly targeted ac....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Iran to halt execution of juvenile offender
February 18, 2015
Two UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the government of Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender scheduled to be executed Thursday. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Christof....... [more]

HRW: Thailand government must reject pro-military detention amendments
February 13, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Thailand's National Legislative Assembly to reject a proposed amendment to the Military Court Act that would allow the government to detain civilians up to 84 days without charging them of a crime. The proposed amendment comes after last year's military coup....... [more]

Iran urged to halt execution of juvenile offender
February 13, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a man jailed as a teen and sentenced to death for "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth." Naseem was arrested in July 2011 following a battle between the Revolutionary Guard and the opposition Party For....... [more]

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]




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    CVT [advocacy]

    IRCT [advocacy]

    APT [advocacy]

    Medical Foundation [advocacy]

    Torture FOIA [ACLU]