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Five torture myths debunked

26 June 2014

Commonly held myths about torture are contributing to its ongoing use around the world. Here we debunk five of the biggest misconceptions. 

Rising from the shadows of Abu Salim Prison

26 June 2014

Ali al-Akermi spent nearly 30 years as a prisoner of conscience in Libya under Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi, including 18 years at the notorious Abu Salim Prison where he endured years of torture and other ill-treatment. 

Japan: Secret execution a stain on justice system

26 June 2014

The Japanese authorities’ determination to continue with secret executions despite growing concern on the use of the death penalty in the country is a scar on the justice system

Libya must ensure proper investigation after prominent lawyer shot dead

26 June 2014

The Libyan authorities must ensure that the killing of Salwa Bugaighis in Benghazi is properly investigated and that those responsible are brought to justice.

Sudan: Satellite images of indiscriminate bombing reveal potential war crime in Southern Kordofan

25 June 2014

Attacks on civilian areas, including indiscriminate aerial bombardments by Sudan’s government forces, have resulted in increased destruction in Southern Kordofan.

The science of torture

25 June 2014

Dr Duarte Vieira, one of world’s leading medical forensic experts, and Dr Juliet Cohen, Head of Doctors at Freedom from Torture, talk to Amnesty International about the science of documenting torture.

Sudan: End arbitrary detention of activists and investigate torture allegations

25 June 2014

The Sudanese government should charge or release recently detained political activists and investigate all allegations that they have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

Saudi Arabia must stop prosecuting human rights activists on spurious charges

25 June 2014

A prominent Saudi Arabian activist convicted today for speaking out on the human rights situation in his country should have his sentence quashed.

China: Supreme Court overturns death sentence of woman who killed violent husband

24 June 2014

A woman in China convicted of killing her husband after suffering months of domestic abuse has had her death sentence overturned, in a case that highlights the urgent need for the authorities to do more to prevent violence against women.

 

Amnesty International launches new App to fight attack, kidnap and torture

23 June 2014

A new Panic Button app, to give human rights defenders urgent help from their own networks when facing attack, kidnapping, or torture is now available for public download on Google Playstore, announced Amnesty International today. 

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