‘Tell Us if He’s Dead’: Abductions and Torture Rattle Uganda

Hundreds have been detained, many brutalized, after a bloody, contested election. The government of Yoweri Museveni appears intent on breaking the back of the opposition.

#elections, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kyagulanyi-ssentamu-robert-bobi-wine, #museveni-yoweri, #political-prisoners, #torture, #uganda, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Here’s Where The First Guantánamo Detainees Are Now

The Pentagon called the first 20 prisoners sent to Guantánamo in 2002 “the worst of the worst.” Just two remain there. Others are spread around the world — including four senior Taliban figures.

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Who Are The Original 20 Guantánamo Bay Detainees?

Starting with the Bush administration, the United States has gradually transferred all but two of the first 20 prisoners at the wartime detention facility to other nations. Here’s who, and where, they are.

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Beaten, Cuffed, Hauled Away: When Myanmar’s Military Comes Knocking

Security forces have responded to protests with increasing ruthlessness, shooting people in the streets, raiding homes and arbitrarily carrying out beatings and arrests.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #political-prisoners, #torture

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‘I Wake Up and Scream’: Secret Taliban Prisons Terrorize Thousands

A potential U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, coupled with a weak Afghan security force, mean the Taliban will likely continue to capture, condemn and torture thousands.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #human-rights-watch, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #torture

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German Court Convicts Former Syrian Official of Crimes Against Humanity

Eyad al-Gharib, a former security officer, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in a case that rights groups have hailed as a landmark.

#al-gharib-eyad, #assad-bashar-al, #germany, #syria, #torture, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Dianna Ortiz, American Nun Tortured in Guatemala, Dies at 62

She became a champion of survivors of torture and helped compel the release of documents showing U.S. complicity in decades of human rights abuses in Guatemala.

#deaths-obituaries, #guatemala, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #ortiz-dianna, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Held Hostage in Syria, a Reporter Tells What It Took to Survive

“Blindfold” is the American journalist Theo Padnos’s memoir of his nearly two years in captivity and a meditation on resilience.

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A Rotating Group of Intelligence Analysts Will Brief President Biden

Morgan Muir, who had led Mr. Biden’s first briefings in the early days of the administration, will oversee the assembly of the written President’s Daily Brief, among other responsibilities.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #muir-morgan, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #sanner-beth, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #torture

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Report Aims at ‘Reconciling’ France and Algeria, Its Former Colony

A government-commissioned study offers proposals to address longstanding grievances. But it does not recommend an official apology and skirts the issue of systemic torture by French troops.

#algeria, #algerian-war-1954-62, #colonization, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #stora-benjamin, #torture

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U.K. Says It Can’t Guarantee Help for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Citizen Held in Iran

Britain’s stance on the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who awaits trial in Tehran, has drawn criticism as it weighs its international role outside the European Union.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #great-britain, #iran, #political-prisoners, #thomson-reuters-foundation, #torture, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

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He Spent 20 Years in Prison, Until a Serial Killer Confessed to the Crime

Yoon Sung-yeo was sentenced to life for a crime he did not commit in South Korea. He was able to clear his name after a notorious serial killer confessed last year.

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The Man I Saw Them Kill

The Trump administration has resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus. I witnessed the latest one.

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Dysfunctional Prison and Court Pose Guantánamo Headaches for Biden

The new administration confronts decaying infrastructure and a military justice system moving at a glacial pace.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #presidential-transition-us, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Gay in Nigeria, Black Male in America

I learned how to carry myself to protect my safety back home, only to come to the U.S. and face a different danger.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #men-and-boys, #race-and-ethnicity, #torture, #united-states

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Venezuela Ordered Killings and Torture of Critics, U.N. Investigators Say

President Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking officials were accused of being behind the detention of government critics and assaults by state security services.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #maduro-nicolas, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #torture, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #venezuela, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Duch, Prison Chief Who Slaughtered for the Khmer Rouge, Is Dead at 77

A former schoolteacher whose real name was Kaing Guek Eav, he became a symbol of the regime’s brutal rule over Cambodia.

#cambodia, #deaths-obituaries, #kaing-guek-eav, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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C.I.A. Uncensors Memoir of F.B.I. Agent Who Protested Torture of Terrorists

Nine years after the C.I.A. blacked out parts of Ali Soufan’s book, the agency has finally allowed a more complete version of his story to be published.

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Hundreds of Police Killings in India, but No Mass Protests

Despite evidence of widespread police brutality, no significant grass-roots movement has arisen. For many Indians, day-to-day crime is the more pressing issue.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #sathankulam-india, #tamil-nadu-india, #torture

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Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism

Human rights groups say the new law will give the police and military forces more powers to stifle dissent.

#bachelet-michelle, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #philippines, #terrorism, #torture, #united-nations

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The Scars of Being Policed While Black

From unjustified stops of Black teenagers to a device to torment people in custody, racist police brutality runs deep.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-chicago-ill, #torture

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U.N. Documents Abductions and Torture Of Iraqi Protesters

Protesters have long said threats and abductions by militias were routine. United Nation investigators have begun to substantiate the claims.

#baghdad-iraq, #civilian-casualties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iraq, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missing-persons, #politics-and-government, #torture, #united-nations

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The 9/11 Trial: Why Is It Taking So Long?

The trial of five men accused of plotting the attacks had been scheduled for early next year — almost 20 years after the hijackings. Now even that schedule won’t be met. Here are the reasons.

#al-qaeda, #bin-laden-osama, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #cohen-w-shane, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #holder-eric-h-jr, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #obama-barack, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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