Latest Acts of torture News

Interpol elects United Arab Emirates official as president

Nov. 25, 2021 08:57 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Interpol on Thursday elected a contentious official from the United Arab Emirates as its new president during the international law enforcement body’s annual General Assembly held in Istanbul. Maj. Gen. Ahmed Naser al-Raisi, inspector general at the...

Official from United Arab Emirates accused by human rights groups of torture elected as head of Interpol

Nov. 25, 2021 03:20 AM EST
ISTANBUL (AP) — Official from United Arab Emirates accused by human rights groups of torture elected as head of Interpol.

Chile court raises sentence in torture-killing of singer

Nov. 23, 2021 14:31 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean court on Tuesday increased the prison sentence for six former soldiers convicted in one of the most notorious killings by the former military dictatorship — the kidnapping, torture and murder of folk singer Víctor Jara— as well as that of a government...

Interpol election raises rights concerns about fair policing

Nov. 22, 2021 09:43 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Human rights groups and Western lawmakers are warning that Interpol’s powerful network of global police officers could end up under the sway of authoritarian governments, as the world police agency meets in Istanbul this week to elect new leadership. ...

North Macedonia: 4 charged for torturing fellow migrants

Nov. 21, 2021 13:18 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Two Pakistanis and two Afghan minors have been arrested and charged for detaining fellow migrants in a makeshift camp at North Macedonia’s border with Serbia and torturing them, authorities said Sunday. North Macedonia's public...

Burundi rights report cites torture, abuse by state agents

Nov. 04, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi is experiencing a rise in torture and enforced disappearances in "a clear pattern” of abuses that undermines limited rights improvements under President Evariste Ndayishimiye, according to a group of independent researchers. Members of...

California man gets prison for fatally torturing puppy

Nov. 01, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who fatally tortured a Chihuahua puppy and posted a video about it online was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison. Angel Ramos-Corrales, 19, of Riverside was sentenced for a February assault during which he...

State Dept. urges investigation of Myanmar military torture

Oct. 29, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The U.S. State Department expressed outrage and demanded an investigation on Friday after The Associated Press reported that Myanmar’s military has been torturing detainees in a systemic way across the country. The United Nations’ top expert on human...

Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

Oct. 28, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The soldiers in rural Myanmar twisted the young man’s skin with pliers and kicked him in the chest until he couldn’t breathe. Then they taunted him about his family until his heart ached, too: “Your mom,” they jeered, “cannot save you anymore.” ...

AP: Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

Oct. 28, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The soldiers in rural Myanmar twisted the young man’s skin with pliers and kicked him in the chest until he couldn’t breathe. Then they taunted him about his family until his heart ached, too: “Your mom,” they jeered, “cannot save you anymore.” ...