UK Torture

Sri Lanka - UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice

Frances Harrison | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did finally vote to set up an inquiry. To many governments it looks as if the issue of accountability is now being dealt with by the UN and they can put their minds at rest and move on.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Music 'Used To Torture Terror Suspects'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK

Exposure to music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was reportedly one of the torture techniques used by the US Government on terror suspects. Speaking ...

Algeria's Election: A Date With Destiny

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

You might say 17 April is a date with destiny for Algeria. Under pressure to secure the Maghreb and important oil and gas fields, surely Algeria in 2014 won't be tempted to swerve toward Egypt's current draconian behaviour. Will it?

Football, Fear and Torture in Transnistria: Undercover in a Country That Doesn't Officially Exist

Jim Wickens | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

It sounds like a distant planet in a dystopian sci fi movie, and the place itself doesn't disappoint. Welcome to Transnistria, a tiny strip of land measuring less than 15 miles wide. Long linked to organised crime, the government here doesn't take too kindly to journalists, so for a special report with Channel 4 News, we went in undercover.

Who Cares for Survivors of Torture?

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

Goldfishbowl Girl won't talk about her past. Not too much anyway. But she writes, and she paints. The paintings communicate for her. "That's helped me to come out of the whole darkness I was in." ...

'Tortured' Tatar Protester Found Dead In Crimea

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

A Crimean Tatar who had been protesting against Russian troops in the Black Sea peninsula has been found dead, days after he was seen being hauled awa...

Why Is the UK Facilitating Oppression in Bahrain?

Amelia Amin | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The future for Bahrain is uncertain. However, one certainty amidst the chaos, is that change is Bahrain will remain a mirage so long as the king is bolstered by so much international support. Let's not beat about the bush, the British government is publicly supporting a oppressive and undemocratic government in Bahrain.

Are the United Arab Emirates Fit for Schengen?

Rori Donaghy | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Rori Donaghy

On Thursday, 27 February, the European Parliament will vote on whether the United Arab Emirates should join the Schengen Agreement, which would provide their citizens with visa-free travel throughout European Union member states...

North Korean Defector's 8 Sketches Reveal Torture, Starvation & Death In Prison Camps (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK

Horrifying sketches depicting torture, starvation and abuse in North Korea's prisons have emerged in the light of a UN report into human rights abuses...

Harrowing Sketches From North Korean Defector Show Hellish Scenes Of Torture, Starvation & Death (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK

Harrowing sketches depicting torture, starvation and death in a North Korean prison have been published in a UN report into human rights abuses. T...

Women's Work - Camilla Carr and Alla Little. Valuable Life Lessons From Kidnap, Torture And Abuse.

Andy Law | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Andy Law

If you spotted Camilla Carr and Alla Little in a café drinking lattés, chatting, giggling and sharing photos on their smartphones, you might think they were friends out shopping and catching up on old times. You wouldn't think they were discussing their imminent talk to corporate bigwigs about How To Cope - when kidnapped, threatened with execution, mentally tortured, raped and treated like an animal.

Raped or Tortured Women Seeking Asylum in UK too Often Face Detention, NGO Says

Katie Nguyen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Nguyen

A vocal critic of the Ethiopian government, Sarah was arrested by police and thrown into jail where she was beaten and denied food. Fearing further persecution, a family friend managed to smuggle her out of prison and later, onto a plane to Dubai where she worked for an Arab family.

Three-Quarters Of Detained Women Who Claim Asylum In UK Have Experienced Rape Or Torture

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

Three-quarters of women who have claimed asylum in the UK and are held in detention centres have experienced rape or torture in their home countries, ...

UK Court's Drone Ruling Shows the Law Is an Ass

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Recently, British courts have rivalled their counterparts across the pond in competing for the most senseless judgment. The latest example came just yesterday, when three British judges said they could not rule on whether British officials were complicit in murdering Pakistani civilians in US drone strikes because that might embarrass our friends in America.

Systematic Torture And Execution Of Syrians 'Like Nazi Death Camps'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Syria has systematically tortured and executed 11,000 of its citizens in the three-year war, according to a report by former war crimes prosecutors, w...

Guantánamo: Where There Are No Shades of Grey

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

One of the books that detainees at Guantánamo Bay are 50 Shades of Grey, the international bestseller from the US writer EL James. Could it be that the US military authorities have decided that James' erotic thriller is actually pornographic (so-called "mummy porn") and therefore unsuitable for the camp's 155 detainees?

Libyan Commander Suing Jack Straw Concerned About Communications Intercepted By GCHQ

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Lawyers acting for a Libyan military commander who is suing Britain's intelligence agencies and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw over claims they w...

Tortured at Random

Tilly Lavenás | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Tilly Lavenás

Miriam López had just finished the school run. Suddenly, two balaclava-wearing men grabbed this 30-year-old mother of four and forced her into a white van. It was in 2011, at Ensenada near Mexico's border with the USA...

Ex Senior Army Legal Advisor's Words Give Comfort in Guantánamo Bay

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

I sent Shaker Aamer the sermon Reverend Nicholas Mercer delivered in October which denounces the UK's involvement in the tortuous and horrifying tactics used in the 'war on terror' and its continued denial of justice to those still subjected to those same practices. Shaker, clearly touched, wrote back almost immediately.

American Jailed in Dubai for Posting Spoof Video About Youth Culture

Rori Donaghy | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

Shezanne Cassim has been living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2006, having moved there after graduating... In October 2012 he made a 19-minute mockumentary about a fictional martial arts school that teaches people how to throw sandals in a joke about young people in Dubai who call themselves gangsters but are in fact known for behaving well.

Can David Cameron Show Some Consistency in His Approach to Human Rights?

Rori Donaghy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

There is much debate around the best manner in which to further the protection of human rights. Many say that countries have no right to interfere in each other's business, something that leaves the door open for the spread of abuse. In this instance, the case is simple: why is David Cameron publicly supporting Dubai's bid for the world fair...?

Indian Man Facing Death Penalty in the UAE Says He Was Tortured Into Confessing

Rori Donaghy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Rori Donaghy

A 56-year-old Indian man is facing the death penalty in Abu Dhabi for a crime he says he did not commit. Abandoned by his Embassy and former colleagues, Ezhur Gangadharan is in a desperate place. On 11 November he will appeal his conviction and his only hope is that support from the international community will pressure authorities into reviewing his case.

The UK Government Is Trying to Get Off the Hook for Libyan Torture

Cori Crider | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

Some of you may remember how David Cameron's victory lap in a still-jubilant Tripoli was marred by the release of an embarrassing cache of faxes. The faxes revealed the true price of Blair's infamous 'deal in the desert' with Gaddafi in 2004: a joint US-UK-Libyan operation to kidnap my client and his pregnant wife.

Allegations of Torture in the UAE Require Action

Rori Donaghy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

Over the past year there have been a number of allegations in the UAE that authorities are torturing prisoners. Defendants in a trial of political dissidents, three Britons held in Dubai and two Syrians have come out to say they have been tortured. Now, smuggled handwritten letters by Egyptian prisoners facing trial over alleged Muslim Brotherhood links say that they have been tortured as well.

OSCE Report Links Human Trafficking and Torture

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

The shadowy world of human trafficking is one area where such outrages still occur, with victims raped, imprisoned, held against their will and abused in a number of ways such that we can compare it to, and even consider it to be, a form of torture.