Acts of torture

FILE - In this July 18, 2017, file photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He is one of more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe, after they were, they said, abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka's current regime. Sri Lanka's defense minister denied Tuesday, Nov. 14, that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 Tamil ethnic minority men. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
November 14, 2017 - 11:18 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sri Lanka's defense minister denied Tuesday that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island's Tamil ethnic minority who are seeking political asylum in Europe. Kapila Waidyaratne called the claims of...
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In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit suicide multiple times because of the traumatic memories of his rape and torture. Raped, branded and beaten repeatedly, more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe have come forward to say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current regime. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 10, 2017 - 11:16 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Sri Lanka's government faced increasing pressure Friday to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year. The men's anguished descriptions of...
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FILE - This is a Tuesday April 28, 2015 file photo of Burundi riot police detain a man suspected of throwing stones during clashes in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi. International Criminal Court judges Thursday Nov. 9, 2017, authorized an investigation into allegations of crimes including murder, rape and torture in Burundi. They announced the decision shortly after the East African nation became the first to formally quit the court. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay/File)
November 09, 2017 - 1:10 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges have authorized an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored crimes in Burundi including murder, rape and torture, announcing the decision Thursday shortly after the East African nation became the first to formally quit the...
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In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit suicide multiple times because of the traumatic memories of his rape and torture. Raped, branded and beaten repeatedly, more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe have come forward to say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current regime. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 09, 2017 - 6:28 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation's civil war. An Associated Press investigation published Wednesday offered detailed testimony from 20...
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FILE -- In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 file photo, Imtiaz Cajee, nephew of Ahmed Timol, poses with his book "Timol, A Quest for Justice" in the North Gauteng High court in Pretoria, South Africa. A South African court has found that an anti-apartheid activist who died in 1971 was tortured and killed by police, and did not kill himself by jumping from a 10th-floor window as authorities said at the time, it was reported on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (AP Photo, File)
October 12, 2017 - 9:28 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An anti-apartheid activist who died in 1971 was tortured and killed by South African police, a court said Thursday, a landmark decision that raised hopes that dozens of similar cases would be investigated. The inquest into Ahmed Timol's death had riveted South Africans as legal...
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October 10, 2017 - 10:11 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's government unlawfully imprisoned victims of torture in immigration detention centers, the High Court said Tuesday. Judge Duncan Ouseley ruled in favor of former detainees and a charity who said the government relied on an unreasonably narrow definition of torture when...
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FILE – In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fred and Cindy Warmbier, the parents of a young Ohioan who was detained in North Korea for more than a year and died soon after being released, appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" morning TV show Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, saying their son was "jerking violently," howling, and "staring blankly" when he returned home on a medical flight that arrived June 13 in Cincinnati. He died less than a week after returning at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)
September 27, 2017 - 12:30 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — A newly released coroner's report couldn't determine what led to the fatal brain damage of a young Ohioan detained for more than a year by North Korea, accused of torturing him by his parents and President Donald Trump. A Hamilton County coroner's report dated Sept. 11 showed...
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 file photo, Dragan Vasiljkovic, right, a former Serb paramilitary commander, sits next to a guard in a courtroom at the beginning of his trial in Split, Croatia. The municipal court has sentenced Vasiljkovic to 15 years in prison for war crimes in the 1990s Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. In the verdict it said that Vasiljkovic, also known as Captain Dragan and Daniel Snedden, is guilty of the killings and torture of imprisoned civilians and Croatian troops while he was a rebel Serb commander during the 1991-95 war in Croatia. (AP Photo, FILE)
September 26, 2017 - 12:02 pm
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian court on Tuesday sentenced a former Serb paramilitary commander and Australian citizen to 15 years in prison for war crimes in the 1990s, including the killing and torture of prisoners. Judges at the municipal court in the coastal town of Split said that Dragan...
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June 27, 2017 - 9:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a U.S. citizen who tried to sue a group of FBI agents over claims they falsely imprisoned and tortured him for several months in Africa. The justices on Tuesday left in place lower court rulings that said Amir Meshal can't go forward...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain and Sen. Jack Reed, D- R.I., are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. McCain and Reed, called the reports "deeply disturbing." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)
June 24, 2017 - 10:24 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing...
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