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Torture 'routine' in Nigeria police, military: Amnesty

Abuja - From electric shocks and sexual violence to ripping out nails and teeth to extract confessions, torture has become so commonplace in Nigeria's criminal justice system that some police stations have an officer in charge of the practice, Amnesty Internat...

Op-Ed: The CIA needs to win hearts and minds as well as gather intel

When you fight the monster, you risk becoming the monster. The CIA has a tremendously difficult task in confronting and fighting violent terrorists in hostile territories, but engaging in torture raises the risk of retaliatory terrorism.

Obama: 'We tortured some folks'

Washington - President Barack Obama has acknowledged that the United States tortured detainees during the ongoing 13-year war against terrorism.

White House officials schedule report on Bush era torture

Washington - A Senate Committee has approved measures to declassify information related to torture during the previous Bush administration.

Toronto police seek suspect in robbery, torture of four teens

Toronto - Toronto police have issued a warrant for the arrest of an 18-year-old man after it is alleged four teens who answered an ad on Kijiji for the sale of car were robbed, held against their will, beaten and were victims of extortion.

A team of VR hackers create a shocking DIY electric chair Special

Irvine - During an all night hackathon in Orange County, a group of hackers developed an electrifying way to scare someone with an Oculus Rift.

British Islamists in Syria responsible for terrorism and torture

The most violent terrorist group fighting in Syria is the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Britons make up most of the foreign fighters currently in its ranks.

10 years after Abu Ghraib, no justice for torturers, tortured

"You can't spell abuse without Abu," said one US Army medic to another, Sgt. Andrew Duffy, after throwing a seriously injured and handcuffed Iraqi prison to the ground, face-first, upon his arrival at Abu Ghraib.

Spanish Judge enforces torture probe against Bush and Cheney

On Tuesday, Judge Pablo Ruz at the Spanish National Court defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the United States prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush.

France seeks ICC involvement on Syria war crimes

New York - France will table a proposal before the United Nations Security Council authorizing the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity in Syria, French ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud said Tuesday.

UN's Pillay condemns widespread use of torture in Syria

The United Nation's High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has strongly condemned the use of torture in Syria by both the regime and some armed opposition groups.

Senate panel says harsh interrogation didn't help find bin Laden

A Senate report concluded that harsh interrogation methods such as waterboarding provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Conservatives and liberals have argued about whether such methods are torture.

Maryland teen girls admit to torturing autistic boy

Mechanicsville - Two teenage girls from Maryland have admitted to torturing and sexually abusing a boy with autism and filming the horrific crimes on their mobile phones.

Refugees in Hong Kong continue to struggle Special

Long-awaited welfare changes to affect thousands of refugees, have come into effect this weekend in Hong Kong. But not everyone is satisfied with them.

Ex-Kagame escort tortured, threatened; US urges fair trial Special

A Rwandan refugee who was illegally returned to Rwanda to face trial on rebellion charges has pleaded guilty after being severely beaten in detention, his wife and a rights activist have confirmed.

Panel: CIA forced doctors to torture detainees

An investigation conducted by an independent task force has concluded that the Central Intelligence Agency has been forcing doctors, psychologists and other health care professionals to torture individuals detained during the 'War on Terror.'

Toronto Star on eve of Cheney Canada visit: arrest him

An editorial in Canada's largest newspaper has urged that Canada not provide "safe haven for torturers," on the eve of a visit by former US Vice President Dick Cheney to Toronto.

U.N. Torture investigation on solitary confinement in the U.S.

Sacramento - Juan Mendez, the United Nation's lead torture investigator, says that he is worried about increased use of solitary confinement in United States' prisons and wants access to California lockups.

UN expert urges end to 'Angola 3' member's solitary confinement

New Orleans - A United Nations human rights expert is urging the United States to immediately end the solitary confinement of a Louisiana prisoner held in isolation in a tiny cell for more than 41 years.

Spanish High Court judge agrees to call former Franco officials

Madrid - Victims of torture by Franco's officials launched a case against four of the dictator's officers and warrants of arrest have been issued. The Spanish High Court has agreed to summon the former Franco officers wanted in Argentina.

Human rights lawyers demand arrest of 4 ex-Franco officials

Buenos Aires - Victims of torture during the brutal reign of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco are hoping they will finally see justice, as an Argentinian judge has issued arrest warrants for four former Franco officials.

Julio Iglesias songs used to torture victims of Augusto Pinochet

Manchester - A researcher at Manchester University has been looking into how Chile's military dictator, Augusto Pinochet, used popular music to "to inflict psychological and physical damage" on prisoners of his regime.

Op-Ed: The Afghan child bride torture case

Kabul - Western "feminists" are forever whining about "sexism" and the "patriarchy". It remains to be seen if any of them would change places with the women of Afghanistan.

Abu Ghraib torture victims sued by their torturers

A US defense contractor whose employees tortured Iraqi detainees in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison is suing four of its victims following a federal judge's dismissal of their torture lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds.

Op-Ed: Solitary confinement in California

Crescent City - The ongoing controversy over prisoners in solitary confinement at California's Pelican Bay State Prison raises questions with no easy answers.

Police: Oklahoma man tortured girlfriend with hammer, power drill

Mcalester - Police in an eastern Oklahoma town say a man kidnapped, drugged, raped and brutally tortured his girlfriend over a period of five days.

Op-Ed: Outrage over Zimmerman trial drowns more meaningful discussion

While social media is saturated with misguided consternation over the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, a more sinister trial with more important implications is proceeding under an umbrella of media silence.

Australian court hears of Dutch woman tortured and raped 60 times

Melbourne - A procedural hearing took place at a court in Melbourne, Australia on Friday at which the court heard allegations of a 21-year-old Dutch woman held captive by a couple for six weeks and raped more than 60 times.

Op-Ed: Sexual slavery throughout the world

Sex can easily be bought from sex slaves anywhere in the world, sexual slavery is not something that only happens in the developing world.

For Jon Stewart, US torture is a laughing matter

New York - Jon Stewart, icon of late-night cable TV political satire, dealt with the release of a damning report on US torture as only he could-- with a healthy dose of comic relief.
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Moazzam Begg  former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
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John Kiriakou  CIA Torture Whistleblower
John Kiriakou, CIA Torture Whistleblower
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John Yoo.
John Yoo.
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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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 Trophy  photograph taken by an Indonesian soldier
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
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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Former vice president Dick Cheney.
Former vice president Dick Cheney.
An illustrative depiction of torture in a North Korean gulag
An illustrative depiction of torture in a North Korean gulag
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.
Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch


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