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# Torture
'I'm not a doctor but...': Ex-CIA chief defends rectal rehydration of inmates
Michael Hayden claimed the report is wrong when it says the technique was used for interrogation.
# a hard rain's a-gonna fall
UN official calls for Bush and Cheney to be charged with torture
“It is now time to take action.”
Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’
Torture survivor Juan Mendez looks back at his harrowing experience, and the challenges facing the global fight against torture, in his role as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture.
Department of Foreign Affairs: Shannon Airport was not used to facilitate torture
A damning report into torture used by the US military was released yesterday.
Opinion: If the USA practises torture, then so could any other country
Torture, as well as being abhorrent, doesn’t actually work: it yields unreliable results and can damage subsequent intelligence gathering.
Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders
Massacres, hostage-taking, torture and sexual violence. These are the war crimes happening in Syria, yet why don’t we care, asks GOAL CEO Barry Andrews.
# Genocide
Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity
Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea were charged with crimes against humanity, genocide, religious persecution, homicide and torture.
# Torture
Obama: US "tortured some folks" after 9/11, but critics should not be "too sanctimonious"
President Obama said “a lot of those folks were working hard and under enormous pressure, and are real patriots”.
# Human Rights
Poland found to be complicit in US torture programme
The ruling makes Poland the first EU member state to be held to account for involvement in the CIA’s rendition programme.
Opinion: Once again, we've heard a depressingly familiar tune from Ireland on human rights
Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee was disappointing: we have not made the changes recommended four years ago.
Opinion: Torture? It's an unnecessary evil
In a world traumatised by the threat of terrorism, attitudes to torture appear to be increasingly ambivalent.
Column: Five torture myths debunked
Torture is used more often than you think – and in countries you wouldn’t suspect.
# pop off
Amnesty International apologises to Iggy Pop over 'Justin Bieber' ad
The charity used the rocker’s image without his permission, and he wasn’t happy.
# The Torture Files
RTÉ documentary reveals evidence about torture methods used in Northern Ireland’s past
It proves that methods used during internment in 1971 were sanctioned by the British state.
# Campaign
Torture is a 'global crisis' - but more than a third of people think it can be justified
Amnesty International launches its global anti-torture campaign today.
Opinion: We fought the law but the law won – labelled 'foreign agents' in our own country
Our group uncovered ethnic profiling by police and discrimination against minority groups in Russia. So Putin’s “foreign agent” law was applied to take us down.
# Waterboarding
The CIA 'misled' the public over harshness of torture regime
The report says that intelligence received from torture played no material part in finding Osama Bin Laden
# North Korea
UN declares North Korea's crimes on par with Nazism, apartheid and Khmer Rouge
The head of a UN inquiry has condemned North Korea’s extensive human rights abuses – including extermination, enslavement and sexual violence.
Column: There's a viral spread of increasingly restrictive laws curtailing human rights
The space in which human rights defenders can operate safely is steadily shrinking, with devastating consequences, writes Mary Lawlor.
Symphysiotomy victims tell the UN about cruel and barbaric childbirth operations
The survivors have brought their search for justice to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
# Talks
Those guilty of torture in Ukraine must be held to account, says Gilmore
The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is to meet with foreign ministers in Brussels today to discuss unrest in Ukraine, Syria and the Central African Republic.
# phillipines
Police spin secret 'torture roulette' wheel to choose punishment for inmates
Torture consequences’ on the wheel included being hung upside down or being punched non-stop for 20 seconds.
# Syria
'Only the chief of the battalion knew I was a girl': Meet Ola, the Syrian rebel
Driving instructor, medicines smuggler, rebel fighter, prisoner, exile…
# Let's talk
Both sides in the same room for Syrian peace talks in Geneva today
Yesterday UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi shuttled between two rooms as each delegation were set apart.
# Syria
War crimes report accuses Syria of torture and 11,000 executions
The report by three former war crimes prosecutors, based on thousands of photos smuggled out of the country, accuses Syria of large-scale killing and torture. (Note: graphic content).
# Torture
Britain rejects Iraq torture claims
The British government says complaints to the International Criminal Court are “unnecessary”.
# questions asked
UN anti-torture body questions Ireland's record on abortion and Magdalenes
It is the second time this month that a UN agency has voiced concerns about Ireland’s record.
# War on Terror
Doctors and nurses 'complicit' in US torture of terrorism suspects
A two-year study found doctors designed and participated in torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners at CIA and Pentagon-run prisons.
# Jamie Bulger
Jamie Bulger killer released from prison
Jon Venables had been locked up in 2010 for downloading images of child abuse.
# Germany
Over 40 Auschwitz guards to face German prosecutors
For decades German courts only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence showed they had personally committed atrocities, but since a 2011 landmark case all former camp guards can be tried.
# Australia
Court hears horrific details of Dutch woman raped 60 times over six weeks
The 21-year-old was tortured with a meat tenderiser and a gas torch while she was kept hostage at a hotel in Melbourne.
Column: "They put a gun to my head and told me to shut up or they would blow it off"
Miriam Isaura López Vargas was a mother and housewife going about her daily business when she was grabbed off the street by soldiers, tortured and raped. She is just one of the many caught in the crossfire between Mexico’s police and drug gangs.
# Chile
PHOTOS: Chilean torture centre converted into homeless shelter
The shelter has been named after songwriter and director Victor Jara who was tortured and killed at the facility in 1973.
# Extradition
UK: Approved extradition deal will see radical cleric surrendered after 20 year fight
Jordan’s parliament has approved an agreement with Britain on the extradition of suspects – including notorious radical cleric Abu Qatada who has been fighting extradition to Jordan to face terrorism charges, claiming he may be tortured there.
# United Nations
Processes to handle Northern Ireland legacy issues not 'adequate'
A UN committee against torture will hear of a need to address human rights abuses of the past, linked to violence during The Troubles.
# Shannon
Vigil at Shannon Airport marks 10 year anniversary of Iraq war
Anti-war group Shannonwatch said Ireland’s record in UN peacekeeping has been “tarnished” by complicity in the CIA rendition programme.
# cannibal cop
'Cannibal cop' accused of plotting to torture victims weeps at end of trial
Former police officer Gilberto Valle, 28, is accused of conspiracy to kidnap young women, including his wife, whom he would then torture, kill and eat.
Column: Domestic violence is an issue we're encouraged not to think about in Ireland
Following the horrendous Magdalene revelations, can we continue to pretend to ourselves that abuses aren’t happening right here and now in our society and in our homes, asks Paula McGovern.