Acts of torture

January 04, 2018 - 10:07 pm
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A marijuana grower was convicted Thursday of kidnapping, torturing and mutilating a pot dispensary owner he mistakenly thought had buried $1 million in the California desert. Kyle Shirakawa Handley was found guilty of a 2012 assault that included burning the man with a...
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December 20, 2017 - 3:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five Russians, including the leader of Chechnya, under a U.S. human rights law that has been a major irritant between Washington and Moscow. The five Russians were targeted under the Magnitsky Act, passed by Congress in 2012 in...
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Jorge Eduardo Acosta, left, a former navy captain, Alfredo Astiz, second left, a former navy spy nicknamed "the Angel of Death," and other former member of the Argentine armed forces sit in a courtroom in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Acosta and Astiz were sentenced to life in prison. The trial for dictatorship-era human rights violations at Naval Mechanics School known as "ESMA," a notorious clandestine detention and torture center, is the largest in the country's history with 54 accused. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
November 29, 2017 - 6:00 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A former Argentine navy captain known as the "Angel of Death" was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for dictatorship-era human rights violations committed at a notorious clandestine detention and torture center. Alfredo Astiz sat motionless as a judge read the...
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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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