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 ]


AI urges Thailand junta to end 'spiral of repression'
September 11, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday called upon Thailand's military to end the "spiral of repression" that has been present since the military imposed martial law in May. The report, entitled "Attitude adjustment—100 days under Martial Law," examines the human rights conditions of the countr....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to place moratorium on executions
September 10, 2014
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the sp....... [more]

Evidence of war crimes on both sides of Ukraine conflict: Amnesty
September 8, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday that both Ukrainian militia and separatist forces may be responsible for war crimes, with all sides of the conflict showing disregard for civilian lives. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty called on the involved parties to stop all violations of the laws of war....... [more]

CIA used 'extreme' torture methods on terror suspects: report
September 8, 2014
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used torture methods beyond waterboarding on suspected terrorists, according to a report published by the Telegraph Sunday. The UK-based news outlet spoke to an unnamed "security source" who alleged that the "CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close 'to the po....... [more]

Egypt authorities accused of torturing, sexually abusing teenage protesters
September 6, 2014
Geneva-based pan-Arab rights group Alkarama claimed in an open statement to the UN published Friday that Egyptian authorities have been complicit in the torture and sexual abuse of 52 teenage detainees. The rights group brought the cases of the detainees, who range in age from 15 to 18 and were char....... [more]

AI: Mexico government tolerates torture by police and military forces
September 5, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday criticized the Mexican government for its failure to adequately investigate allegations of torture. According to the report, Mexican safeguards intended to prevent military and police forces from using torture as an investigative tool are woefully under-enforc....... [more]

CIA rendition victims urge Obama to name them in Senate report
August 29, 2014
Ten victims of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition program have signed an open letter to US President Barack Obama urging him to declassify the upcoming Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the program. The letter, which was coordinated by international human rights....... [more]

Morocco court sentences activist to prison for claiming torture
August 13, 2014
A Moroccan court Tuesday sentenced human rights activist Ouafa Charaf to one year in prison after being convicted of falsely alleging that she had been tortured by police. Charaf was also fined ?4,500 (USD $6,000) by the court. According to Charaf, after leaving a solidarity sit-in in May with....... [more]

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]




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    CVT [advocacy]

    IRCT [advocacy]

    APT [advocacy]

    Medical Foundation [advocacy]

    Torture FOIA [ACLU]