China's Supreme People's Court calls for end to torture in new guidelines

China's Supreme People's Court said that the practice of using torture to extract evidence must be eliminated.

The mainland's top court has issued guidelines that appear to signal its resolve to boost transparency and ensure fair use of judicial authority. The Supreme People's Court said in the guidelines issued yesterday that the practice of using torture to extract evidence must be eliminated and cases must be decided by judges without interference by local governments.

Friday, 22 November, 2013, 9:14am 2 comments

Petitioner alleges police torture

A 55-year-old father of two, Chen Fengqiang, has claimed he and his mentally disabled, eight-year-old foster son were tortured under interrogation in a Zhuhai police station after being dragged away while petitioning in Guangzhou on Tuesday.

Chen, 55, and his foster son were released on Wednesday night following about 24 hours' interrogation at the Jinhaitan police station, he said.

24 May 2013 - 4:56am

Ex-Ford chiefs charged over torture of unionists in Argentina's 'dirty war'

Ex-Ford chiefs charged over torture of unionists in Argentina's 'dirty war'

Three former Ford Motor executives were charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly targeting Argentinian union workers for kidnapping and torture after the country's 1976 military coup.

8 May 2015 - 4:38pm

China must stop extracting confessions through use of torture

China must stop extracting confessions through use of torture

The provincial court of Zhejiang recently reversed its 2004 verdict of a suspended death sentence for Zhang Hui and a 15-year prison term for his uncle Zhang Gaoping on charges of rape and murder. The two were cleared due to the inadequacy of the previous evidence and admission of new evidence. They had spent 10 years behind bars.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 2 comments

Authorities reject report on torture at women's labour camp in Liaoning

A police officer stands with Falun Gong practitioners held at the Masanjia reeducation-through-labour camp in northeast China's Liaoning province. Photo: AP

Liaoning authorities have lashed back at a news report alleging torture at a women's labour camp, calling the piece phony and containing “malicious attack rhetoric” characteristic of the outlawed Falun Gong group.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:22am 2 comments

Women 'chained up and tortured' in labour camp

Inmates at the Masanjia labour camp for women. Photo: AP

A rarely seen report by a Chinese monthly has exposed some of the dark practices of a Liaoning labour camp including torture and inhuman treatment of female prisoners at a time when the government has vowed to reform the country’s notorious, decades-old labour camp system.

9 Apr 2013 - 4:32am 2 comments

Elite Indonesian police unit under fire over torture, unlawful killings

Members of Detachment 88. Photo: AFP

An elite police unit on the front line of Indonesia's lauded terrorism crackdown is raising concerns that it is instead fuelling the jihadist cause, as it faces allegations of torture and unlawful killings.

30 Mar 2013 - 2:41am

Indonesia to probe officers for alleged torture

Indonesia says it will investigate uniformed officers shown in a blurry video torturing four tied-up suspected terrorists in Central Sulawesi province.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:57pm

Death of allegedly tortured Palestinian inmate sparks violent clashes

A Palestinian protester shoots fire crackers in a clash. Photo: Reuters

The results of an autopsy conducted in Tel Aviv were described at a press conference in Ramallah on Sunday night after a day of angry protests across the West Bank and Gaza in which dozens were injured.

26 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

Greek police under fire over photos of terror detainees

A bruised Nikos Romanos. Photo: Reuters

Greek authorities are facing an uproar after allegations that police brutally beat four suspected members of a local terrorist group before publishing manipulated mugshots of the men in a crude attempt to disguise their injuries.

6 Feb 2013 - 6:02am

Treatment of torture claimants in breach of laws and treaties

Vision First, an NGO that helps the torture claimants

The landmark decision - handed down by the Court of Final Appeal late last month - means hundreds, possibly thousands, of claims by foreign nationals seeking refuge may have to be re-examined.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am 4 comments

Inside Bo Xilai's dungeon: victims reveal ruthless torture

Bo Xilai, pictured during a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2012. Photo: AP

In the first of a four-part series, Revisiting Chongqing, we look at one of the earliest and most high-profile victims of the disgraced party chief's crackdown on so-called gangsters.

20 Aug 2013 - 7:55pm 4 comments

Two suspects held after cat's torture triggers outrage on the internet

Two people were arrested yesterday on suspicion of torturing a stray cat at a public housing estate in Sau Mau Ping, Kwun Tong district, after pictures of the injured animal triggered an outcry on social networking sites.

The cat had to be put down following the attack.

The two unnamed suspects, a 24-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, were taken in for police questioning.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:39am 1 comment

US court denies suit against Rumsfeld for torture of US citizens in Iraq

Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Photo: AFP

Two American citizens cannot sue former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over allegations that they were tortured by the American military in Iraq, a federal appeals court ruled.

Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel had said Rumsfeld and unnamed others allegedly developed, authorised and used harsh interrogation techniques against them in Iraq.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

South Sudan expels UN rights official for writing false reports

South Sudan has expelled a UN human rights investigator, accusing her of writing false reports, a move the UN mission said broke the country's legal obligations to the United Nations.

UN sources, who named the officer as Sandra Beidas, said Sunday's expulsion may have been related to an August report accusing the army of torturing, raping, killing and abducting civilians.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am