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Torture

2018

18

Oct

Guantanamo prison to remain open ’25 years or more’

Former president Barack Obama had vowed to close the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but now it will stay open for at least 25 years, the officer in charge of the facility said Tuesday. Rear Admiral John Ring said the prison, which holds several alleged plotters of the 9/11 attacks, is focused on […]

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Country: United States
Source: France 24 , Sputnik

18

Oct

Norway apologizes to mistreated war-time ‘German girls’

Norway on Wednesday officially apologized for the “shameful treatment” of Norwegian women targeted for reprisals for their intimate relations with German soldiers during the country’s wartime occupation. Between 30,000 to 50,000 Norwegians, commonly labelled the “German girls”, were involved with occupying troops during the Second World War, according to estimates from Norway’s Center for Holocaust […]

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Country: Norway
Source: Gulf News

11

Oct

MI5 provides immunity for agents’ criminal acts, tribunal told

MI5 grants its informants legal cover to participate in crimes that may extend to murder, torture and sexual assaults, a tribunal has heard. The policy, in existence since the early 1990s, is likely to have enabled the Security Service to conceal wide ranging illegal activity, Ben Jaffey QC, representing an alliance of human rights group, told […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian

13

Sep

France admits torture during Algeria’s war of independence

France acknowledged for the first time it was responsible for systematic torture during the Algerian war of independence in the mid-1950s. President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Maurice Audin, a communist pro-independence activist who disappeared in 1957, “died under torture stemming from the system instigated while Algeria was part of France”. Macron, who paid a visit […]

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Country: France
Source: Al Jazeera , Sputnik

17

Aug

Declassified cables detail torture CIA Director Haspel supervised at black site

“Current CIA director Gina Haspel described graphic acts of deliberate physical torture including the waterboarding of a suspected Al-Qa’ida terrorist under her supervision when she was chief of base at a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002, according to declassified CIA cables,” the National Security Archive, a nonprofit group, said in a press release accompanying the documents posted on Friday. Al-Qaeda* suspect Abd al-Rahim […]

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Country: United States
Source: Sputnik

25

May

Muslim inmates in Alaska fed pork during Ramadan: activists

A federal judge granted a restraining order Thursday forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramadan, rights campaigners said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming Anchorage Correctional Complex had violated constitutional prohibitions against “cruel and unusual punishment.” CAIR said […]

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Country: United States
Source: AFP

29

Mar

Salvadoran asylum-seeker released from T. Don Hutto after sexual assault allegations

A Salvadoran woman who came forward four months ago with allegations of sexual assault by a guard has been released from the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas, where her abuser remained employed for the bulk of her detainment. Laura Monterrosa was released from detention Friday evening after a months-long campaign by the advocacy […]

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Country: United States
Source: Rewire News

21

Feb

Austin council member denied a visit with asylum-seeker in detention

Advocates for a suicidal woman held at an immigrant detention center in Taylor who has alleged she was sexually assaulted by a guard have stepped up pressure on officials to release her amid reports that her health was declining. Austin City Council Member Greg Casar issued a news release Tuesday asking for the release of […]

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Country: United States
Source: Statesman

14

Feb

UN aid workers raped 60,000 people as it’s claimed organisation employs 3,300 paedophiles

A whistle blower has claimed UN staff could have carried out 60,000 rapes in the last decade as aid workers indulge in sex abuse unchecked around the world. The claim is in a bombshell dossier that former senior United Nations official Andrew Macleod handed over to DFID Secretary Priti Patel last year. In it, Professor Macleod […]

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Country: United Nations
Source: The Sun

01

Feb

Trump vows to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would keep Guantanamo Bay open, breaking from his predecessor Barack Obama’s lengthy and ultimately failed efforts to shutter the maligned detention facility. “I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay,” Trump said, […]

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Country: United States
Source: France 24