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Gambian man in US charged with torturing prisoners in home country

Los Angeles - A Gambian man living in Colorado was arrested Thursday on federal torture charges for his alleged role in abusing political prisoners suspected of plotting a failed coup in The Gambia in 2006.

CIA psychologist defends torture before Guantanamo court

Washington - A psychologist who helped design the CIA's "war on terror" torture program after the September 11, 2001 attacks defended the program this week before its victims at the US military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba.

Germany prepares first trial over Syrian state-sponsored torture

Berlin - Germany charged two alleged former Syrian secret service officers with participating in crimes against humanity, in what rights activists said Tuesday would be the first trial worldwide over state-sponsored torture in Syria.

Screams in the night in Indian Kashmir

Connaught Place - The soldiers came after midnight, Abid Khan says, his hands trembling, one of around two dozen young men in just one part of Kashmir who say they have been tortured by the Indian army.

Condemnations pour in over death of detained Venezuela navy officer

Caracas - The United States and Venezuela's opposition on Sunday condemned the death under "torture" of a naval officer detained for alleged trying to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Rights groups seek UN investigation into Indian Kashmir 'torture'

Srinagar - Tens of thousands of people in Indian Kashmir have been subjected to torture in the past three decades, according to a report released Monday by two prominent human rights groups which called for a UN investigation.

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture

Managua - One Nicaraguan guard pinned his hand to a table with his knee while another ripped out a nail with a pair of pliers. Opposition supporter Lenin Rojas, recently released from prison to house arrest, says he screamed in pain.

Europe rights group rebukes Russia over Chechen torture cases

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe on Monday criticised Russia for failing to halt police torture of detainees in Chechnya, after an investigation found "credible allegations" of mistreatment of people in custody.

UN asks C.Africa to take action over Russian torture case

New York - The United Nations has asked authorities in the Central African Republic to take action after Russian soldiers or mercenaries were accused of detaining and torturing a man for five days, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Russia upholds torture convictions against senior officers

Moscow - A military court has upheld murder and torture convictions against senior security and police officers from Russia's North Caucasus, a rights activist said Friday, in what he described as rare ruling.

No sign of torture on bodies of Russian journalists killed in CAR, Moscow says

Moscow - Russia on Thursday said no sign of torture was found on the bodies of three Russian journalists killed during a reporting trip in the Central African Republic this week.

HRW urges Lebanon to investigate alleged torture of actor

Beirut - Lebanon must investigate the account of a prominent actor who says he was forcibly disappeared and tortured by state security forces last year, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

UN expert decries 'pattern' of torture, abuse in Iranian prisons

Geneva - Detainees in Iran appear to be systematically subjected to torture and abuse, including sexual violence, a UN report published Monday found, also condemning the denial of medical treatment to prisoners.

UN expert says Guantanamo torture continuing

Geneva - The UN's top expert on torture on Wednesday said reports from sources indicated at least one inmate was still being tortured at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay and reiterated his request to visit.

Syrians in Germany file war crime cases against Assad regime

Berlin - Syrian refugees in Germany backed by human rights groups said Wednesday they had filed new criminal complaints accusing President Bashar al-Assad's regime of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Growing evidence detainees tortured in Turkey: HRW

Ankara - Human Rights Watch claimed Thursday there was growing evidence of detention abuses in Turkey after last year's failed coup, warning that torture in police custody had become a "widespread" problem.

German justice handed images of 'torture by Assad regime'

Berlin - More than 27,000 images of torture and killings allegedly perpetrated by the Assad regime in Syria have been handed to German prosecutors who are investigating possible abuses, a rights group said Friday.

At UN, countries launch push to end trade in torture goods

New York - About 60 countries led by the European Union on Monday launched a bid at the United Nations to end the trade in goods like electro-shock batons and lethal drugs used to carry out torture and death sentences.

CIA 'torture psychologists' avoid trial with secret settlement

Washington - Two psychologists who helped design the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program settled a lawsuit Thursday by detainees alleging they were illegally tortured.

Charles Taylor's ex-wife refused bail over torture charges

London - A British court on Friday denied bail to an ex-wife of jailed former Liberian president Charles Taylor, ahead of her trial on charges of torture during his rebellion.

CIA 'torture' psychologists to stand trial

Washington - Two psychologists who helped design the CIA's post-9/11 detainee interrogation program will stand trial in September for promoting the use of torture methods like water-boarding, starvation and chaining prisoners in extreme stress positions.

China bans use of torture, forced confessions — again

Bejing - Chinese police and prosecutors are banned from using torture to obtain evidence under rules released Tuesday, in the latest attempt to curb forced confessions in the country's criminal justice system.

UN official slams Trump over torture support

Geneva - President Donald Trump's defence of torture has set a precedent for other countries to follow, even if the US does not act on it, a UN official said Friday.

Worries rise anew that US could revive torture

Washington - President Donald Trump's advocacy of waterboarding and the promotion of a CIA official who once led brutal interrogations have raised concerns that the United States could yet resume torturing suspects in its fight against Islamist extremists.

US return to torture would be 'catastrophic': UN expert

Geneva - The United Nations' top torture expert warned US President Donald Trump on Monday that endorsing waterboarding and other abuse as an interrogation technique would be illegal and have disastrous global consequences.

Op-Ed: Week one — Trump gets down to big league business

Once again, our tremendous political correspondents wade into the swamp of intrigue surrounding Washington to offer their hard-nosed softball opinions.

Poland will not host any new CIA secret jails: PM

Varsovia - Poland on Thursday ruled out allowing the United States to base secret prisons on its soil if President Donald Trump reinstated the so-called CIA "black sites" overseas.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

Hate crime charge for Facebook Live torture of disabled man

Chicago - Four Chicago-area young adults, all African American, have been charged with a hate crime, aggravated kidnapping and other offenses after allegedly posting a Facebook Live video in which they tortured a mentally disabled man while shouting racial slurs.

One third of Americans believe torture is just part of war

A recent poll by the International Red Cross (ICRC) shows more Americans and other westerners are more likely to accept torture, harsh interrogation techniques and indiscriminate bombing than they were in 1999.
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Former vice president Dick Cheney.
Former vice president Dick Cheney.
John Yoo.
John Yoo.
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Moazzam Begg  former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
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Disturbing and graphic footage of two tribal Papuan men being tortured  allegedly by Indonesian sold...
Disturbing and graphic footage of two tribal Papuan men being tortured, allegedly by Indonesian soldiers, has led to widespread demands for an independent inquiry.
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An illustrative depiction of torture in a North Korean gulag
An illustrative depiction of torture in a North Korean gulag
Diane Beaver  a major subject in the film The Guantanamo Trap
Diane Beaver, a major subject in the film The Guantanamo Trap
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John Kiriakou  CIA Torture Whistleblower
John Kiriakou, CIA Torture Whistleblower
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Louise Anna Turpin  49  and David Allen Turpin  57  have been arrested after authorities said their ...
Louise Anna Turpin, 49, and David Allen Turpin, 57, have been arrested after authorities said their 13 children had been held captive in their home, with some shackled to beds.
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Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun presents a new documentary about the survivors of dictator His...
Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun presents a new documentary about the survivors of dictator Hissein Habre's torture chambers on May 16, 2016 during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes
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after he and his comrades murdered Ninuor Kwalik
'Trophy' photograph taken by an Indonesian soldier after he and his comrades murdered Ninuor Kwalik and his 12 year old nephew Daugunme in 1998, West Papua. © Survival
Naiel Thejel Ganeen  a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community  was kidnapped in 2006 and held for n...
Naiel Thejel Ganeen, a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community, was kidnapped in 2006 and held for nine days of torture, and repeatedly referred to as an infidel. He was released after kidnappers received a $40,000 ransom, but is left with a scarred arm suffered from shrapnel in a mock execution.
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