Acts of torture

FILE - In this July 18, 2017, file photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He is one of more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe, after they were, they said, abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka's current regime. Sri Lanka's defense minister denied Tuesday, Nov. 14, that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 Tamil ethnic minority men. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
November 15, 2017 - 4:25 am
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sri Lanka's defense secretary denied Tuesday that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island's Tamil ethnic minority who are seeking political asylum in Europe. Kapila Waidyaratne called the claims of...
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In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit suicide multiple times because of the traumatic memories of his rape and torture. Raped, branded and beaten repeatedly, more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe have come forward to say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current regime. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 10, 2017 - 11:16 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Sri Lanka's government faced increasing pressure Friday to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year. The men's anguished descriptions of...
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November 09, 2017 - 9:37 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges have authorized an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored crimes in Burundi including murder, rape and torture, announcing the decision Thursday shortly after the East African nation became the first to formally quit the...
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In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit suicide multiple times because of the traumatic memories of his rape and torture. Raped, branded and beaten repeatedly, more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe have come forward to say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current regime. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 09, 2017 - 8:47 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation's civil war. An Associated Press investigation published Wednesday offered detailed testimony from 20...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 29, 2016 file photo, a pilot leaves the hijacked aircraft of Egyptair at Larnaca airport. Cyprus' Supreme Court on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, has rejected an Egyptian hijacker's appeal against his extradition, ruling that there are no legal reasons for the man not to return to his homeland to face justice. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
November 02, 2017 - 10:40 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has blocked Cypriot authorities from extraditing an Egyptian hijacker to his homeland until it can examine the case, the Cyprus Justice Ministry and the hijacker's lawyer said Thursday. Lawyer Nicoletta Charalambidou told The Associated...
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Maxim Lapunov, a Russian man who is accusing authorities in Chechnya of brutally beating him as part of a broad crackdown on gay people in the Russian Region, speaks during a press conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Lapunov said unidentified people detained him on the street in Chechnya's provincial capital, Grozny, and drove him to a detention facility. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
October 16, 2017 - 5:39 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A gay Russian man accused authorities in Chechnya on Monday of jailing and beating him as part of a broad crackdown on LGBT people. Maxim Lapunov said during a news conference that unidentified people detained him on a street in the Russian region's provincial capital, Grozny, in...
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October 12, 2017 - 7:29 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has found that an anti-apartheid activist who died in 1971 was tortured and killed by police, and did not kill himself by jumping from a 10th-floor window as authorities said at the time. An inquest found that Ahmed Timol, a South African Communist Party...
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October 10, 2017 - 10:11 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's government unlawfully imprisoned victims of torture in immigration detention centers, the High Court said Tuesday. Judge Duncan Ouseley ruled in favor of former detainees and a charity who said the government relied on an unreasonably narrow definition of torture when...
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FILE – In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fred and Cindy Warmbier, the parents of a young Ohioan who was detained in North Korea for more than a year and died soon after being released, appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" morning TV show Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, saying their son was "jerking violently," howling, and "staring blankly" when he returned home on a medical flight that arrived June 13 in Cincinnati. He died less than a week after returning at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)
September 27, 2017 - 12:30 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — A newly released coroner's report couldn't determine what led to the fatal brain damage of a young Ohioan detained for more than a year by North Korea, accused of torturing him by his parents and President Donald Trump. A Hamilton County coroner's report dated Sept. 11 showed...
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FILE - This April 13, 2016 file photo shows the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va .A settlement was announced Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in a landmark lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA's harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 17, 2017 - 7:26 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A settlement in a landmark lawsuit against two psychologists who helped design the CIA's harsh interrogation methods used in the war on terror marked the first time the agency or its private contractors have been held accountable for the program, legal experts said Thursday...
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