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 ]


Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death for war crimes
October 29, 2014
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Wednesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Motiur Rahman Nizami to death for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. The former Cabinet minister was tried on charges that included genocide, rape, murder and torture, and was a....... [more]

UN rights experts: clear connection exists between torture and corruption
October 22, 2014
A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged UN member states to make a greater effort to tackle domestic corruption, stating that a clear link exists between torture and corrupt practices. The chairperson of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), Malcolm Evans, presented the SPT's....... [more]

Egypt jails Muslim Brotherhood leaders for 15 years over lawyer's torture
October 11, 2014
An Egyptian court on Saturday jailed eight men, including two Muslim Brotherhood leaders, for 15 years over the torture of a lawyer during 2011 uprisings against former president Hosni Mubarak. The defendants were convicted of torturing, electrocuting and sexually assaulting a lawyer after locking....... [more]

Supreme Court of Canada rules torture victims cannot sue foreign countries
October 10, 2014
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act, a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran i....... [more]

UN: human rights abuse still prevalent in Ukraine
October 9, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned Wednesday that, despite the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, abuses such as abductions, torture and ill-treatment still affect local civilians daily. Since the ceasefire, announced September 5, 331 fatalities have been reco....... [more]

Argentina ex-dictator receives additional sentence
October 8, 2014
A Buenos Aires court on Tuesday handed down a 23-year prison sentence to Reynaldo Bignone, the last Argentinian military president of the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship, for the kidnapping and torture of 32 factory workers. The court held Bignone responsible for the forced disappearance of worker....... [more]

Afghanistan outgoing president approves execution of 5 men
September 29, 2014
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved the execution of five men as what is possibly his final act in office. The five men were convicted and sentenced to death two weeks ago for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. The convictions were det....... [more]

New UN human rights chief condemns ISIL
September 27, 2014
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution earlier....... [more]

AI condemns Nigeria military and police for routine use of torture
September 19, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) condemned Nigeria's police and military in a report released Thursday for the systematic and routine use of torture on detainees. Although Nigeria's Constitution prohibits torture, the country currently has no legislation criminalizing the use of torture in violation of t....... [more]

Extending the Reach of Justice
September 18, 2014
JURIST guest columnist Leslie Haskell, of Human Rights Watch, discusses how some European countries have taken affirmative steps to prosecute those within their borders?as well as those who may eventually come within them?for major international crimes by enacting universal jurisdiction....... [more]

UN rights body suspends visit to Azerbaijan due to government obstruction
September 18, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) suspended its delegation to Azerbaijan Thursday citing the government's prevention of access to a number of locations where individuals are being detained. Azerbaijan is a party to the Convention agai....... [more]




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    IRCT [advocacy]

    APT [advocacy]

    Medical Foundation [advocacy]

    Torture FOIA [ACLU]