Download Files Download the 216-page report. 1.08 MB pdf Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency embarked on a highly classified program of secret detention and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects.
Omar Deghayes was blinded in one eye by a guard at Guantanamo. What does he think of the Constitution Project's conclusions about detainee treatment? Deghayes at a news conference in London in 2009 (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) By releasing Tuesday a detailed new report on the mistreatment of terror-law detainees, the experts at the Constitution Project aren't really telling us anything we didn't already know about America's descent into the madness of torture.
British soldiers and airmen who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the centre of some of the most serious human rights abuses to occur in Iraq after the invasion have, for the first time, spoken about abuses they witnessed there. Personnel from two RAF squadrons and one Army Air Corps squadron were given guard and transport duties at the secret prison, the Guardian has established. And many of the detainees were brought to the facility by snatch squads formed from Special Air Service and Special Boat Service squadrons. Codenamed Task Force 121, the joint US-UK special forces unit was at first deployed to detain individuals thought to have information about Saddam Hussein 's weapons of mass destruction.
The European court of human rights has ruled German citizen Khaled el-Masri was tortured by CIA agents, the first time the court has described treatment meted out by the CIA as torture. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/AP CIA agents tortured a German citizen, sodomising, shackling, and beating him, as Macedonian state police looked on, the European court of human rights said in a historic judgment released on Thursday. In a unanimous ruling, it also found Macedonia guilty of torturing, abusing, and secretly imprisoning Khaled el-Masri, a German of Lebanese origin allegedly linked to terrorist organisations. Masri was seized in Macedonia in December 2003 and handed over to a CIA " rendition team" at Skopje airport and secretly flown to Afghanistan. It is the first time the court has described CIA treatment meted out to terror suspects as torture .
Mother of American Torture Victim José Padilla Brings Case Before International Human Rights TribunalDecember 11, 2012 U.S. Courts Have Denied Recourse NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union and Yale Law School’s Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic today filed a petition against the United States with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) for the unlawful detention and torture of José Padilla, a U.S. citizen, whom the United States detained and interrogated for four years. The petition was filed by Padilla’s mother, Estella Lebron, on her own and on her son’s behalf. Padilla and Lebron had previously filed federal lawsuits – since dismissed – against current and former government officials for their roles in Padilla’s torture and other abuse.
Is Solitary Confinement Torture? Exonerated Death Row Inmate Opens Up About "Animal" Prison Treatment (VIDEO)“It was hell. It was torture every day,” said Anthony Graves, an exonerated death row inmate and activist, of the almost ten years he spent in solitary confinement. Graves opened up about the personal horror he faced in solitary during an interview with host Alyona Minkovski on HuffPost Live.
Ben Emmerson QC called for effective investigations into US drone attacks. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP The United Nations is to set up a dedicated investigations unit in Geneva early next year to examine the legality of drone attacks in cases where civilians are killed in so-called "targeted" counter-terrorism operations. The announcement was made by Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, in a speech to Harvard law school in which he condemned secret rendition and waterboarding as crimes under international law. His forthright comments, directed at both US presidential candidates, will be seen as an explicit challenge to the prevailing US ideology of the global war on terror. Earlier this summer, Emmerson, who monitors counter-terrorism for the UN, called for effective investigations into drone attacks.
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Dr Al Samahiji Dr Saeed Mudhaher Habib Al Samahiji, age 57 and a father of two, is a Consultant Ophthalmologist who was working in the Samlaniya Medical Complex (SMC). He graduated in medicine in 1980, then specialised in Ophthalmology in 1982, and in 1983 he completed a subspecialty course in sclera plasty surgery for myopia.
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The UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released its October 2011 report on “Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghanistan” ( PDF ). Ten years after the US invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime, and ostensibly dismantle the Al Qaeda forces linked to the 9/11 attacks, the regime in place is not only hopelessly corrupt and unable to provide security for its citizens, Afghan security forces in the National Security Directorate (NDS) have been charged by UNAMA with “systematically” torturing “detainees for the purpose of obtaining confessions and information” at a number of provincial facilities. The report alleges that fully 46 percent of prisoners held by security forces, and approximately one-third held by Afghan national police (ANP), are tortured.
8 August 2011 Last updated at 01:40 ET By Hilary Andersson BBC Panorama Marange could represent as much as a fifth of the world's diamonds deposits A torture camp run by Zimbabwe's security forces is operating in the country's rich Marange diamond fields, BBC Panorama has found.
Medieval methodologies: Hidden police torture cell discovered by raiding team – The Express Tribune - http://tribune.com.pk/DPO dismisses 2 cops for questioning prisoners in secret interrogation room. District Police Officer (DPO) Bilal Sadiq Kamiyana issued orders on Saturday for a police team to raid the hotel and uncover the torture den.
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