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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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, ...

  3. Excuses for torture cannot be tolerated

    Posted May 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that torture led to the discovery of Osama bin Laden. Somewhere, they claim, in an interrogation room in Guantanamo Bay or Bagram, someone gave the critical clue that led to this outcome. These justifications for the legitimacy of torture have been hitting the headlines at a poignant moment for Amnesty International as we release our annual report today into the state of the world's human ...

  4. Aid for torture victims precedes court case

    Posted Apr 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani Three days before a judicial review into its obligations towards two torture plaintiff families, the government set up a scheme to assist such groups. The move prompted ... indefinitely because the Social Welfare Department granted last-minute assistance to individuals awaiting the government's review of their torture claims. The two families- one Sri Lankan and one ...

  5. Let your conscience be your guide

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... terror. Mr Lee is a distinguished barrister, so he understands these legal concepts far better than I do. The Geneva Conventions, a myriad of international conventions against torture and habeas ... across Europe to hold, interrogate and torture terror suspects without any legal accountability. Rendition, once a perfectly legal form of extradition of suspects to the US from a third country, ...

  6. US must abide by rules in treating detainees

    Posted Feb 15th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is more than 18 months since a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross, describing interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay as tantamount to torture, added weight ... because of the persistent allegations of torture, repugnant as they are. The fresh claims are a reminder that US President George W. Bush's 'war on terror' has lost its way. ...

  7. Bush's successor must bring torturers to trial

    Posted Apr 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... figures could be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity, in particular the use of torture. But it is competent, although it has been hamstrung by the legal footwork of the current ... Manual on holding and interrogating prisoners. We all know that the US practises torture against terrorist suspects- waterboarding, or simulated drowning, is clearly that- and we all know ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Security tsar calls for end to torture

    Posted Jul 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Security tsar Zhou Yongkang has condemned the use of torture and the suspicious deaths of suspects in a speech to law enforcement cadres- a move ... to the leadership of President Hu Jintao, something they could do by steering clear of harsh practices, like torture and prisoner abuse, that might violate suspects' rights. Such practices are widely ...

  10. Police 'out of control' in Sri Lanka

    Posted Mar 29th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... rights lawyers claimed yesterday. The allegations came as a leading Asian rights group released its second report on torture by Sri Lanka's 60,000 police, noting there had been little change in attitudes in the intervening two years. Produced from findings by the Hong Kong-based Asian Legal Resource Centre, the report entitled, Endemic Torture and the Collapse of Policing in Sri Lanka, ...




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