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 ]


UN rights group calls for North Korea to be prosecuted before ICC
April 18, 2014
The chief investigator from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Thursday appealed to the UN Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The call to act came as a result o....... [more]

Iraq government temporarily closes Abu Ghraib prison
April 16, 2014
The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official r....... [more]

UN experts: Iranian political prisoners being denied urgent medical treatment
April 11, 2014
Experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern on Thursday about the lack of medical treatment to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention. The experts have urged the Iranian government to provide medical care to the two priso....... [more]

Senate committee votes to release CIA 'torture' report
April 4, 2014
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday voted 11-3 to submit to the White House to declassify and release a report on its findings about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) use of torture. Last week, a group of advocacy groups sent President Barack Obama a letter urging him to d....... [more]

Legitimate Penological Interests? Challenges to the Use of the Water Cure in Guantanamo Bay
March 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jon B. Eisenberg of Horvitz & Levy, LLP discusses the controversial methods used against Guantanamo detainees...US military personnel at Guantanamo Bay are grievously abusing hunger-striking detainees, using force-feeding techniques akin to a medieval form of torture call....... [more]

UN rights expert urges refusal of goods from countries engaging in torture
March 13, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged governmental bodies to refuse goods and information obtained by "acts of torture and ill-treatment" in other countries. Mendez noted the hypocrisy of governments that condemn torture committed by another country while continuing to....... [more]

Rights groups call for arrest of Sudan president
March 5, 2014
More than 30 human rights and civil society organizations on Tuesday called for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of his indictment on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, extermination, and forcible transfer). In the open l....... [more]

Ukraine parliament votes to send ousted president before ICC
February 25, 2014
The Ukrainian parliamentary body Verkhovna Rada voted on Tuesday to adopt a resolution referring the now-fugitive former president Viktor Yanukovich and other high-ranking state officials to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report accused state officials of ordering l....... [more]

Haiti court allows trial of former dictator for crimes against humanity
February 21, 2014
A Haitian appellate court ruled on Thursday that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier can be charged under international law with crimes against humanity committed during his rule. Haitian authorities reopened a criminal case against Duvalier three years ago after he returned to the country....... [more]

AI urges Spain not to extradite terror suspect to Kazakhstan
February 19, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday urged the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was originally ordered in January by a French court, has been detained by Spanish au....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Tajikistan to end torture
February 13, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his last vi....... [more]




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    Geneva Conventions [ICRC]

    UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

    Amnesty International [advocacy]

    OMCT [advocacy]

    CVT [advocacy]

    IRCT [advocacy]

    APT [advocacy]

    Medical Foundation [advocacy]

    Torture FOIA [ACLU]