Latest Acts of torture News

Kosovo prosecutor charges ex-Serb paramilitary of war crimes

Dec. 6, 2019 11:35 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have issued war crimes charges against an ethnic Serb former police officer suspected of torturing ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, according to a statement released Friday. The suspect, identified only as N.A., was part of reserve forces of Serbian...

UK drops torture charges against ex-wife of Liberia's Taylor

Dec. 6, 2019 7:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Friday dismissed torture charges against the ex-wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Agnes Reeves Taylor was arrested in 2017 by the war crimes unit of London's Metropolitan Police and charged with participating in torture in 1990, during Liberia's civil war....

Ex-British Consulate staff says Chinese police tortured him

Nov. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong says he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police trying to extract information about massive anti-government protests in the territory. Simon Cheng said in an online statement and media interviews that he was hooded, beaten,...

Rights group file Syria torture case in Norway

Nov. 12, 2019 5:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A human rights group says it has asked Norwegian prosecutors to open a criminal investigation against senior Syrian officials over allegations of torture and crimes against humanity. The Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights said Tuesday it filed the complaint...

Migrants endure rape and torture on route through Yemen

Nov. 2, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic...

Migrants endure rape and torture on route through Yemen

Oct. 30, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic...

AP investigation finds African migrants starved, raped and tortured in Yemeni town that profits from human smuggling

Oct. 30, 2019 2:02 AM EDT
RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — AP investigation finds African migrants starved, raped and tortured in Yemeni town that profits from human smuggling.

Germany charges 2 suspected former Syrian secret police

Oct. 29, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged two suspected former members of Syria's secret police with crimes against humanity in a case that human rights campaigners say marks a major step in the fight to hold to account Syrian officials responsible for atrocities in the country's...

Egypt policemen charged in torturing street vendor to death

Oct. 28, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have referred 10 policemen to trial, three years after allegedly torturing a street vendor to death. No date for the trial was mentioned in Monday's announcement. Magdy Maken, a 53-year-old Coptic Christian fish cart vendor, was allegedly killed inside a police station in...

Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

Oct. 22, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in...