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 ]


The Islamic State
November 21, 2014
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria. 11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria 10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners 10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria k....... [more]

UN rights office: serious human rights violations continue in eastern Ukraine
November 20, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report on Thursday highlighting the continued commission of human rights violations in eastern Ukraine despite the announcement of a ceasefire on September 5. The report, produced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in....... [more]

UK court allows Pakistani to sue over torture claim
November 19, 2014
A UK judge on Wednesday ruled that Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani man held and detained for 10 years by UK and US forces in Afghanistan, could take legal action against the UK. The British Defense Ministry denied involvement with the case, arguing that the British courts did not have jurisdiction t....... [more]

Bosnia police arrest 12 suspected of war crimes
November 17, 2014
Bosnian police on Monday arrested 12 men suspected of war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian Civil War. The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina stated that these individuals allegedly violated Article 172 of the Criminal Code, committing crimes against humanity. They are charged with murd....... [more]

UN rights expert: enough evidence to hold North Korea accountable for human rights violations
November 13, 2014
A UN human rights expert said Thursday that there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responsible for "massive" human rights atrocities committed by the state. In February the UN released a report concluding that North Korean security chiefs, and possibly Kim Jong Un, should f....... [more]

Bangladesh special tribunal convicts opposition leader of war crimes
November 13, 2014
The Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal on Thursday convicted opposition politician MA Zahid Hossain Khokon to death for his role in killings and other war crimes perpetrated during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The Tribunal found the accused guilty of the offenses of "murder, torture, d....... [more]

Amnesty urges accountability for torture in Philippines
November 10, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged accountability for torture in the Philippines, noting that five years after the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, there have still been no convictions. Salil Shetty, AI's Secretary General, says that the law, considered at the time a huge reform f....... [more]

HRW: Chad courts must conduct fair trial of former dictator's security forces
November 10, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called for the trial of 26 former state security agents of Chad dictator Hissene Habre to be carried out in a "fair and transparent manner." The defendants are accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrary detention, and assault and battery during Habre's rule....... [more]

UN torture investigation blocked by Gambia government
November 8, 2014
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday reported that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws of Gambia and to identify....... [more]

UN officials urge for universal ratification of a treaty to prevent inhumane treatment
November 4, 2014
The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) on Monday opened its 53rd session and discussed the changes that have been made since the Convention Against Torture, an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment, was adopted 30 years ago. During th....... [more]

Argentina judge asks Spain to extradite 20 Franco-era officials
November 3, 2014
A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human r....... [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]