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  1. There's no justification for torturing the truth

    Posted Oct 08th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... America, and the Bush administration's avowed need to join 'the dark side'. I am especially intrigued by how torture works as a central theme that runs through every season and practically every episode. The latest shown on Pearl TV on Tuesday takes it into the realm of caricature. This time, Sutherland's alter-ego, super agent Jack Bauer, took a torture session ...

  2. Making the transition to 'clean' torture

    Posted Apr 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo There is a widely held belief that democratic governments do not, with some exceptions, sanction torture and that only authoritarian or dictatorial ones such as China, Iran ... that torture is an integral part of the United States' so-called 'war on terror' and its worldwide system of detention and interrogation. It documents the torture and mistreatment of 14 ...

  3. A ticking bomb

    Posted May 04th 2009, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... Jonathan Power Of all the words said and written about torture in the current debate, very few looked at the history of the birth, in 1984, of the UN's Convention Against Torture ... of torture'. Not even the 'ticking bomb' argument can override this law of the world. Do we think today that our representatives in 1984 had not considered the argument that, in extremis, ...

  4. Torture Team

    Posted Aug 30th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Torture Team by Philippe Sands Penguin, HK$142 Philippe Sands kicks off Torture Team with a memorandum to Donald Rumsfeld from Jim Haynes, legal counsel to the former US ... into how torture came to be sanctioned, in contravention of Geneva Convention rights, produces discomfiting reading. It is made even more unsettling by his description of what happened to a guinea ...

  5. Anti-torture measures in works, paper says

    Posted Aug 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei The mainland will soon release a judicial document that will for the first time spell out that confessions obtained through torture will not be admissible evidence in court, according to The Southern Metropolis News. Even though the mainland criminal code has long banned torture during the questioning of suspects, and even made it a criminal offence, forced confessions ...

  6. Public Eye

    Posted May 27th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... jailbird city. Think of all the jobs and money it'll bring. Quote Cheney to get away with torture Speaking of the Guantanamo gulag, when is torture not torture? It's when you call ... again with his fear-mongering about imminent terror attacks, which he insists only torture of suspects can prevent. So listen up, all you rogue regimes. The next time the US Congress or State ...

  7. ethics

    Posted Apr 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 3 interrogation 4 blowback 5 second-guess 6 finger-pointing 7 coercive a using force b blaming others c a torture technique which simulates drowning d gross; gory e questioning using force ...

  8. HK asked to unify screenings for torture, asylum

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang The separate mechanisms used to screen torture and refugee claimants in Hong Kong should be combined to prevent abuse of the system and speed up processing of asylum seekers, ... the government admits that torture and refugee claims often overlap- 44 per cent of 6,657 torture claimants since 2005 have also lodged refugee claims- it refuses to handle these claims. This is because ...

  9. Torture claimants 'a ticking bomb'

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang More than 400 torture claimants who arrived in Hong Kong in the first 10 months of the year had no identity documents, raising fears it will be difficult if not impossible ... immigration official said: 'The trend of torture claimants who do not have any identity documents is a ticking time bomb. We will have great difficulty in removing them and that might finally ...

  10. Government must screen torture claimants fairly

    Posted Apr 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to drag its feet. Torture and refugee claimants do not command the attention of most local residents, who would much prefer they did not trouble our city with their presence. Unsurprisingly, ... the government's screening system for torture claimants has been ruled by the High Court to be unfair and unlawful. In a rare move, the Law Society and the Bar Association have jointly proposed a sensible ...




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