Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims

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The Turnbull government has abruptly reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the… Lindsay Murdoch The Sydney Morning Herald The government has co-sponsored a resolution at the United Nation’s top human rights body in Geneva to send a… Turnbull government reverses… Read More »

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

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UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in… Al Jazeera The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya… Tens of thousands of people have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the… UN to probe… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

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GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

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Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

Israeli torture of Palestinian children ‘institutional’

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Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say. Ben White Al Jazeera News A recent article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their prisoners to torture. Methods include slapping… Israeli torture of… Read More »

Erdogan’s strange silence on ISIS’ burning of soldiers

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Days after Islamic State released video of apparent execution of two members of Turkish military, the authorities are silent – and the media silenced Asia Times Oliver Tempest Almost four days after Islamic State released an internet video film showing the apparent execution of two captured Turkish soldiers in Syria by burning them to death, the authorities in Turkey remain silent, apparently waiting for… Erdogan’s strange silence… Read More »

Torture acceptable in some circumstances according to 20pc of Australians, survey reveals

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One in five Australians think it is acceptable to use torture to obtain military information during war, a Red Cross survey has found. ABC Jean Kennedy The survey found Australian men were more likely than women to agree that captured soldiers can be tortured to obtain information. Overall, 24 per cent of men think Australian soldiers can be… Torture acceptable in some circumstances according to… Read More »

North Korea satellite images show prison camps accused of ‘atrocities’

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Pyongyang has denied the existence of kwanliso prison camps, where the UN says inmates have faced starvation, forced labor, torture and rape The Guardian Amanda Holpuch New satellite images of North Korean prison camps have been released, showing the continued existence of political prison camps described by the United Nations as being used to perpetrate “unspeakable atrocities”. North Korea’s government denies such… North Korea satellite images show… Read More »

Australian government concedes evidence against asylum seeker was obtained by torture

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Exclusive: Sayed Abdellatif is still held in detention in Sydney even though immigration minister Peter Dutton was briefed 18 months ago that evidence used in Egypt to convict him was discredited The Guardian Ben Doherty and Sarah Malik Sayed Abdellatif’s horizons are low already, and narrowing still. Where once he could wave to his family through… Australian government concedes evidence against… Read More »

Guantanamo torture victims should be allowed UN visit

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Why does the US think it is acceptable to deny ‘high-value detainees’ at Guantanamo medical and psychological help? by Andy Worthington From Guantanamo, Ammar al-Baluchi, one of 15 “high-value detainee”, known as HVDs, has written to Professor Juan Mendez, the… Guantanamo torture… Read More »

Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’

Peter Dutton is taking his war on people smuggling to a new level, one that defies logic and basic decency and appears to be more about establishing his big-C conservative credentials than protecting the nation’s borders. Not content with contradicting his Prime Minister and declaring there is no third country option for the refugees stranded on Manus Island, Dutton now insists that any refugees who… Source: Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’ Read More »

‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison

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Syria’s most notorious jail has been a journalistic blank spot. Now ex-detainees and architects have built an accurate model, using ‘ear-witness’ testimony, of the president’s hellish torture house Samer al-Ahmed remembers the size of the small hatch near the bottom of his cell door because he was regularly forced to squeeze his head through… Source: ‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert

The mistreatment of juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory could amount to torture and is “very worrisome”, a UN expert on torture has said. Four Corners this week aired footage showing teenagers being tear-gassed, physically assaulted, forcefully stripped naked, shackled and hooded in Territory prisons and youth detention centres between 2010 and 2015… Source: Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court

Government lawyers expected to make a last-minute application to delay case over translation dispute.. Compensation claims for torture, rape, wrongful detention and forced labour brought by 40,000 Kenyans who allege they were mistreated by British officials during the Mau Mau insurgency are due to be heard in the high court in London on Monday… Source: Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’

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World Vision’s Tim Costello has weighed into the asylum seeker debate. The Greens support the World Vision boss’ criticism of offshore detention. The Australian Greens have backed comments by World Vision boss Tim Costello who says detaining asylum seekers offshore constitutes psychological torture. Costello on Sunday said there was “no question” about the mental torture… Source: Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’ Read More »

UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia

GENEVA—A U.N. committee that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture has condemned what it calls the ongoing practice of torture and ill-treatment in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The committee just issued its concluding observations on these and other countries. In its examination of Turkey, the U.N. Committee Against Torture did not find torture to be widespread or systematic. Nevertheless, it noted torture continues to be practiced… Source: UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia Read More »