Latest Acts of torture News

Protester chains himself to Russian security agency's doors

Feb. 17, 2020 12:33 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian activist was detained Monday after he chained himself to the front doors of the nation's top security agency to protest its handling of a controversial criminal case. Last week, a Russian court convicted seven members of the left-wing youth group Set (Network) of terrorism and...

In this undated photo provided by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local Non-Governmental Organization, Egyptian activist and researcher Patrick George Zaki, poses for a photograph, in Egypt. A local rights group says Egyptian officials have transferred Zaki who was arrested on arrival at Cairo's airport to a

Egypt’s top prosecutor denies activist was tortured

Feb. 16, 2020 8:09 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Sunday denied allegations that the police tortured a human rights activist and vocal critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. Police detained Patrick George Zaki, 28, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna in Italy, after he arrived in Cairo...

In this undated handout photo released by, Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena pose for a photo in Kamchatka region, Far East, Russia. A court in Kamchatka on Friday. Feb. 14, 2020 sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena to fines of 350,000 and 300,000 rubles ($5,500 and $4,700) for engaging in extremist activities related to them being Jehovah's Witnesses. Russia officially banned Jehovah's Witnesses in 2017 and declared the group an extremist organization. Crackdown on the group has intensified since then. ( via AP)

Jehovah's Witnesses report convictions, torture in Russia

Feb. 14, 2020 6:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported being tortured in custody, the religious group said Friday. A court in Kamchatka on Friday sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena to fines of 350,000 and 300,000 rubles...

UN official: justice for victims can't replace punishment

Feb. 13, 2020 8:29 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who was tortured at a secret prison in her native Chile, told the Security Council on Thursday that justice for victims of conflict can’t be an alternative for the punishment of perpetrators. But she said criminal accountability also...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019 file photo, Israeli police push a man during a protest outside a hospital in Jerusalem where Samir Arbeed, a Palestinian suspect in a deadly West Bank bombing, is being treated. Israel faces allegations of severely torturing three alleged Palestinian militants rounded up after the rare bombing in the occupied West Bank killed a 17-year-old girl in August. Lawyers and family members say the three top suspects were severely beaten to the point of being hospitalized before being returned to their interrogators. A Supreme Court ruling in 1999 forbids torture, but Israeli and Palestinian rights groups say interrogators routinely exploit a loophole intended for rare, ticking time-bomb scenarios, and act with impunity. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel accused of torturing Palestinians after fatal bombing

Feb. 10, 2020 8:42 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — One of the men was hospitalized with kidney failure and 11 broken ribs. Another was nearly unrecognizable to his wife when he was wheeled into a courtroom. A third was stitched up after being attacked by a security dog. Then the three Palestinians were returned to their Israeli...

Ex-official for notorious Syria rebels got visa to France

Feb. 6, 2020 11:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The one-time spokesman for the notorious Syrian rebel faction the Army of Islam , who was arrested in southern France last week and charged with torture and war crimes, arrived in the country on a short-term visa, the French Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The ministry said during an online...

FILE - In this June 2016 file photo, provided by Guila Fakhoury, her father, Amer Fakhoury, holds his granddaughter, Kira, in King of Prussia, Penn. Lebanese Judicial officials said Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, that a military investigative judge has charged Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese-American, with murder and torture of Lebanese citizens. The charges could carry a death sentence. Fakhoury allegedly committed the crimes during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon. Fakhoury was detained after returning to his native Lebanon from the U.S. in September. He's also undergoing cancer treatment, and may not be able to stand trial. (Guila Fakhoury via AP, File)

Lebanese-American who worked for Israel charged with murder

Feb. 4, 2020 4:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A military investigative judge charged a Lebanese-American man with murder and torture of Lebanese citizens Tuesday, crimes he allegedly committed during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon, judicial officials said. The accusations could carry a death sentence. Amer Fakhoury is accused of...

In this June 2016, photo provided by Guila Fakhoury, her father Amer Fakhoury holds his granddaughter, Kira, in King of Prussia, Penn. At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said Fakhoury, an American citizen jailed in his native Lebanon since September 2019 on no charges is very ill and if he dies there, then Lebanon should be subject to sanctions. The 57-year-old restaurant owner was once part of the South Lebanon Army and worked at a former prison described by human rights groups as a center for torture. His family says he's innocent. (Guila Fakhoury via AP)

Senator calls for sanctions about American jailed in Lebanon

Jan. 23, 2020 11:48 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is drafting sanctions legislation to hold Lebanese officials accountable for jailing an American citizen without any charges as his health takes a turn for the worse. "Time is of the essence and the Lebanese government needs to understand...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2005 file photo, Chen Gang, formerly of Beijing, China, leaves U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn. Gang was among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by Chinese citizens against Zhao Zhizhen, a Chinese television and radio executive they accuse of inciting torture against them because they were followers of Falun Gong. A federal appeals court ruling in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, rejected a request by members of the movement to file an amended lawsuit. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

Court ruling ends long legal fight in Chinese torture case

Jan. 21, 2020 3:49 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday ended a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

View of the improvised temple where a pregnant woman, five of her children and a neighbor were killed in a religious ritual in the jungle community of el El Terron, Panama, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers on Jan. 13 and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them

Cult 'anointed by God' kills 7 in Panama jungle

Jan. 19, 2020 8:42 AM EST

EL TERRON, Panama (AP) — Bibles rest on a wooden altar next to percussion instruments — a guiro and a drum — in the room where a religious sect allegedly forced a pregnant woman and five of her children to walk through fire in this remote hamlet. The makeshift sanctuary littered with muddy...