Latest Acts of torture News

Expert details injuries Iowa boy sustained while captive

Feb. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EST

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — The injuries prosecutors say an 8-year-old boy sustained at the hands of his father and a woman who confined the boy in a basement have been detailed in court. Pediatric nurse practitioner Ann Swisher said Wednesday one of the U-shaped marks on the boy's buttock was likely the result of...

Rights groups hail arrest of 3 Syrian torture suspects

Feb. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday hailed the arrests in Europe of three suspects in bloody secret police crackdowns on Syrian opposition activists, including a senior figure in the Syrian security service alleged to have run a facility where detainees were systematically tortured. The Tuesday...

Rights group says Egypt executed 6 Islamists in 2 weeks

Feb. 13, 2019 11:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egypt has executed three Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death following torture and beatings to extract confessions. Wednesday's statement from Amnesty International says the executions brought the total number of Islamists executed in Egypt to six...

Sudan doctors' union says 57 killed in recent protests

Feb. 8, 2019 11:45 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The doctors' union in Sudan said Friday that a government crackdown on weeks of protests has left at least 57 people dead, including three who allegedly died of torture in police custody. The death toll is expected to climb because some of the wounded protesters are in serious condition, the...

Rights group: Egypt executes 3 Islamists tortured to confess

Feb. 8, 2019 7:29 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Friday said Egypt executed three Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death following torture and beatings to extract confessions. Human Rights Watch said in a statement the families of the men were notified of their hanging on Thursday and asked to come to...

Chilean ex-army commander arrested in 1973 torture case

Feb. 7, 2019 4:35 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Authorities say a former commander in chief of the Chilean army has been arrested and charged for involvement torturing 24 people following a 1973 military coup. Retired Gen. Juan Emilio Cheyre was taken into custody Thursday on orders from a local judge. Cheyre had previously been...

Boy tells judge he was locked under basement stairs

Feb. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EST

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — A 9-year-old boy clutched a stuffed animal as he told a judge that his father's girlfriend often withheld food and helped lock him under a staircase in the basement at their Iowa home. "I couldn't get out" of the basement enclosure, the boy testified Wednesday in an Eldora courtroom at...

Prosecutor: Woman recorded tortured boy locked in basement

Feb. 6, 2019 1:27 PM EST

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman accused of helping torture her boyfriend's 8-year-old son and confining him in a basement took video of the boy's treatment, a prosecutor said at the beginning of her trial. "This part of the crime is on tape," prosecutor Tyler Buller said Tuesday as he began to lay out...

Amazon picks up CIA torture investigation film 'The Report'

Jan. 28, 2019 11:22 AM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Vice Studios has announced that Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to the CIA torture investigation film "The Report." Vice produced the film and made the announcement Monday following an all-night bidding war for the buzzy political film. "The Report" stars Adam Driver...

Cypriots 'vindicated' after UK settlement of torture claims

Jan. 24, 2019 9:19 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — About three dozen Cypriots who alleged they were tortured while in custody during fighting against British colonial rule more than 60 years ago said Thursday that they feel vindicated after the U.K. government agreed to pay them 1 million pounds ($1.3 million). Britain's Foreign...