Torture

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

Electric Chair by Andy Warhol

A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »

Who’s afraid of the Marquis de Sade?

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The radical 18th Century libertine left a profound mark on our culture. He’s everywhere – but why does he still scare us? Jason Farago explains. “Either kill me or take me like this, for I will not change,” wrote the imprisoned Marquis de Sade to his wife in 1783. It could only be one or the other for the most ... Read More »

New Gitmo Commander: ‘Majority of Detainees Have… a Relative Degree of Freedom’

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GUANTANAMO BAY Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad says you need “skin about an inch thick” to work at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Dozens of recent news reports have alleged detainees are abused by military guards and subjected to brutal force-feedings by nurses. There’s also the general negativity that surrounds Gitmo, where the 149 remaining detainees — once among 779 branded the “worst of the worst” — have been ... Read More »

One Controversial Art Exhibit — And Its Cancellation — Sends an Unsettling Message About Race

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On its fall calendar, London’s Barbican performing arts center had slated a controversial production called “Exhibit B – The Human Zoo.” The performance featured black actors shackled, bound and gagged, chained and caged in 12 tableaux vivants all to make a point about the history of colonial powers in Africa. The performance’s ambition was to reflect upon, raise awareness about and ultimately skewer the racist model villages (or human ... Read More »

How Bosnia is helping identify Cypriots murdered 50 years ago

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In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of Cypriots disappeared. Now, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them – mass graves are being dug up and a laboratory in Sarajevo is helping to identify the bodies. Forty years ago, Maria Georgiadis (above in the white dress), lost her whole family – her mother, her father, her ... Read More »

VICE News Talks Human Rights with Salil Shetty, the Head of Amnesty International

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Terrorism and the threat posed by the Islamic State dominated the first week of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Countries large and small paid lip service to an agenda dictated by the United States and its allies. On Wednesday, as American war planes bombarded Syria without UN authorization, US President Barack Obama oversaw a packed session of ... Read More »

Brazil in narrow presidential race as Silva captures imagination

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Brazil is the world’s seventh largest economy, but millions still live in poverty Brazil is a contradictory, complex country. It boasts the world’s seventh largest economy but Brazilian society is still deeply divided and unequal. Racism and corruption are still rife yet a mixed-race woman, born into almost absolute poverty in the jungle interior, could soon be elected to lead ... Read More »

China exporting torture tools including spiked and stun batons to rights violators: Amnesty International

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The number of Chinese companies exporting “tools of torture” has surged over the past decade, human rights group Amnesty International says, with many devices falling into the hands of rights violators worldwide. More than 130 Chinese firms now produce electric shock stun batons, spiked batons, weighted leg cuffs and other “potentially dangerous law enforcement equipment”, up from 28 in 2003, ... Read More »

Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice?

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A powerful advocate appears to believe that anti-Semitism is sparked in part by Jewish behavior. A few days ago, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth,tweeted the following statement: “Germans rally against anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war. Merkel joins.” Roth provided a link to a New York Times article about the rally, which took ... Read More »