Statement on the UN Sri Lanka Investigation Report

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Brussels  |  ICG – The release on 16 September of the long-awaited report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on its Sri Lanka investigation (OISL) is a dramatic advance that can help the country respond to its painful legacy of war. The report is a compelling examination of the abuses committed by all sides during the ... Read More »

UN Human Rights Boss Urges Creation Of Hybrid Special Court In Sri Lanka

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The UN report on Sri Lanka published today has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. The report recommends the establishment of a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, as an essential step towards justice. © Colombo ... Read More »

Police torture wounded civilians in Silopi

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Police forces that staged a bloody crackdown on local people in Silopi district of Şırnak yesterday also tortured the wounded civilians whom they detained from the hospital. ŞIRNAK – ANF Police forces that staged a bloody crackdown on local people in Silopi district of Şırnak yesterday also tortured the wounded civilians whom they detained from the hospital. According to Mesopotamian ... Read More »

Pakistan defies rights protests to hang ‘teen’ convict

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Pakistan on August 4 executed a man convicted of killing a child, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime. Hurriyet – KARACHI – Agence France-Presse Shafqat Hussain was hanged shortly before dawn at a jail in Karachi for killing ... Read More »

Obama: The Courage to Say ‘We Were Wrong’

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This article is cross-posted on Some months ago 11 other Nobel Peace Prize laureates and I co-signed an open letter to President Obama on the use of torture by the U.S. Two days ago I received a response from the President. (See both letters here.) The Huffington Post – José Ramos-Horta, Former President, East Timor, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize ... Read More »

Argentinian Falklands veterans take ‘torture’ case to international arena

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Veterans of the 1982 conflict recount their ordeal and the anti-Semitic abuse they faced in a press conference, including instances of beatings and sexual violence The Telegraph – By James Badcock, Madrid – Comments Argentinian Falklands War veterans who accuse military officers of torture during the 1982 conflict will take their case to an international appeal court after Argentina’s highest court ruled ... Read More »

Is the Egyptian state using sexual torture against women?

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The Arab spring promised freedom and justice to the 2011 protestors in Tahrir Square, but a damning new report claims that women are being brutalised by police, military and security forces at an unprecedented level The Guardian – Shereen El Feki Four years ago, Cairo was a giant billboard for human rights; the words “freedom”, “justice” and “dignity” were graffitied across ... Read More »

Tony Abbott is a bully over UN Convention Against Torture

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Australians ‘sick of being lectured to’ by United Nations, says Tony Abbott A United Nations report says Australia is in breach of the UN Convention Against Torture because of aspects of its treatment of refugees held in detention on Nauru and Manus Island. The Age – Julian Burnside Prime Minister Tony Abbott has attacked the UN for that criticism. It ... Read More »

Australia is ‘sick of being lectured’ on torture in its immigration system, says PM Tony Abbott

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Australia’s Prime Minister has hit back at allegations of systemic torture in the country’s immigration system by telling the United Nations that Australians are “sick of being lectured” on the subject. The Independent – JON STONE A UN report, to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, found that the Australian immigration system breached the global convention on ... Read More »

Being Pro-Choice Isn’t Just About Abortion


We’re all pro-choice aren’t we? All us reasonable people anyway. Not religious extremists or UKIP voters, but everyone else. But while I imagine people reading this probably consider themselves pro-choice, but not everyone knows what the term should really mean. Rebecca Schiller Vice This article originally appeared on VICE UK. People talk confidently about choice, but the small print on their ... Read More »

Talking Point: Lessons in brutality and terror

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ELEVEN years ago I was standing outside of the Abu Ghraib prison about 60km west of Baghdad. The Mercury – JOHN MARTINKUS * I was there to get a story about what was happening inside. It was a story that had been floating around journalism circles in Baghdad. Western journalists worked with Iraqi drivers, translators and fixers. They all insisted that there ... Read More »