Latest Acts of torture News

In Uganda a pop star takes on a president, at his peril

Aug. 17, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — In his red beret and jumpsuit the Ugandan pop star Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, leads cheering campaigners down a street, punching the air and waving the national flag. Once considered a marijuana-loving crooner, the 36-year-old "ghetto child" is an unlikely new...

Sri Lanka police query ex-president over abducted journalist

Aug. 17, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in Sri Lanka questioned the former president on Friday as part of an investigation into the abduction of a journalist during the country's civil war 10 years ago. Former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa was questioned at his home about journalist Keith Noyahr, who was abducted...

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

Aug. 10, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with...

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

Aug. 10, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with...

Doctors return Bangladesh photographer to police custody

Aug. 8, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A well-known photographer and activist in Bangladesh who accused police of torturing him after his arrest last weekend returned to police custody on Wednesday following a medical examination that declared him physically fine. The High Court on Tuesday ordered authorities to take...

7 Russian police sentenced for suspect torture

Jul. 27, 2018 7:43 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A military court in southern Russia has sentenced six police officers to prison terms of up to 10 years and given another a suspended sentence for several cases of torturing suspects, including one in which a 50-year-old man died. The sentences were handed down Friday by a military garrison...

Russia promises to investigate prison beating seen on video

Jul. 26, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The 2017 beating of a Russian prisoner, seen in a shocking video released last week, is being investigated in detail, the head of Russia's delegation told the U.N. Committee Against Torture on Thursday. Mikhail Galperin told a committee session in Geneva that Russia's firm response to the...

German IS suspect charged over torture, killing of prisoners

Jul. 26, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German man has been charged with murder and committing a war crime for allegedly helping torture and kill prisoners as a member of the Islamic State group in Syria, German federal prosecutors said Thursday. Prosecutors said the charges against the 27-year-old, who is already in prison for a...

Car mechanic gets 7 years in prison for kidnap-killing plot

Jul. 24, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey car mechanic was sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday in a plot to kidnap, torture and kill women and girls, bringing an end to a criminal case that shed light on cannibalism and other fetishes circulating in dark corners of the internet. The sentence means Michael Van...

Lebanon must investigate torture claims by actor, HRW says

Jul. 16, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The New York-based Human Rights Watch called Monday on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations of torture made by a well-known actor who was detained and later exonerated of charges of spying for Israel. Ziad Itani, a stage actor from Beirut, was arrested in November and released four...