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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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




Woman, 20, suffered miscarriage in jail after being tasered by ‘sadistic’ guards

A new study by Reuters has found that use of tasers has been listed as a contributory factor in quarter of the cases. Now video has emerged which appears to back up their claims. In the video obtained by Reuters, Martini Smith was seen being tasered by the prison guards. Smith was 20 years old, pregnant […]

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Country: United States
Source: Reuters



Tennessee deputies tortured 19-year-old inmate with Tasers while he was strapped to a chair

A trio of US police officers have been suspended after footage appears to show them torturing a teenager with a taser while he pleads with them to let him die instead. Eighteen-year-old Jordan Elias Norris, who was arrested on weapons and drugs charges in November 2016, has now filed a lawsuit against the deputies – […]

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Country: United States
Source: Newshub