Posts Tagged ‘Torture’

Nils Melzer: Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange

The following Op Ed was written for the occasion of the International Day in Support of Torture Victims, 26 June 2019   WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange (Image Credit: David G Silvers. Cancillería del Ecuador, Wikicommons) By Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture I know, you may think I am deluded. How could life in […]

Demasking The Torture Of Julian Assange

Demasking The Torture Of Julian Assange Above Photo: From Medium.com On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Torture Victims, 26 June 2019 I know, you may think I am deluded. How could life in an Embassy with a cat and a skateboard ever amount to torture? That’s exactly what I thought, too, […]

TV Star Doctors Photo To Blame Trump For ‘Torture’ That Happened Under Obama

Actress Nancy Lee Grahn doctored a photo she posted on Twitter to blame Trump for something that actually occurred during the Obama administration. Grahn, best known for her roles on “Santa Barbara” and “General Hospital,” tweeted photos of children wrapped in aluminum emergency blankets and huddled together in an immigration detention center, claiming that their […]

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange’s Most Vocal Advocates

On May 9, UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, visited WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange at Belmarsh Prison, where he is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence for a minor bail violation. Melzer was accompanied by two medical experts who specialize in the examination of possible victims of torture as well as the documentation […]

Satanism, Child Torture, Mind Control — What is on Hollywood’s Mind?

By William M Briggs Who’s up for some child torture? No, seriously. Wouldn’t strapping a boy into a chair and frightening him with satanic rituals, then electrocuting him, then doing something worse be loads of fun? It’s what happens in the new video LA Devotee by a band called Panic! At the Disco, perhaps the […]

Will Chicago Get A Memorial To Honor The Survivors Of Police Torture?

Will Chicago Get A Memorial To Honor The Survivors Of Police Torture? By Vaidya Gullapalli, Theappeal.org June 17, 2019 Above Photo: Breath Form & Freedom/Chicago Torture Justice Memorials In 2015, the Chicago City Council passed a reparations ordinance. That ordinance, the first of its kind in the country, was the city’s official acknowledgment that […]

India: Three men accused of the rape, torture and murder of little girl given life sentences

   Three men who raped and murdered an eight-year-old girl in a case which sparked outrage across India have been spared the death penalty. The Muslim girl, Asifa Bano, was drugged, held captive in a Hindu temple and sexually assaulted for a week before being strangled and battered to death with a stone in Indian-controlled […]

Journalists silent on Assange’s plight are complicit in his torture and imprisonment

Op-eds and think pieces declaring that Assange was “not a journalist” came in thick and fast. Smug hacks belittled his appearance on Twitter. They eagerly shared salacious rumors about his personal habits. Many bought the line that it was his alleged “misbehavior” which prompted Quito to suddenly expel him after seven years — and they […]

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Warns Julian Assange Could Die in Prison

In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately. Last week, Melzer issued a scathing denunciation of Assange’s persecution, calling it “psychological torture.” Reporter Philip Williams asked Melzer, “If your calls are ignored, […]

UN Torture Report: “Demonized” Assange Has Faced “Psychological Torture”

By Joe Lauria (CN) — The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for “deliberately” exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” which can only be described as “psychological torture.” “In 20 years of work with victims of war, […]

The UN Torture Report on Assange is an Indictment of Our Entire Society

Caitlin Johnstone, Contributor Waking Times On the eighth of April, shortly before London police forcibly carried WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy, a doctor named Sondra S Crosby wrote a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting that the office look into Assange’s case. Today, following a scorching rebukeof […]

Assange Suffering ‘Psychological Torture’: UN Expert

Melzer, who was accompanied on the visit by two medical experts, specialised in examining potential torture victims, said there was “overwhelming” evidence that Assange had been “deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. “The cumulative effects,” he said, “can only be described […]

Britain accused of creating secret torture policy so long as ‘benefits justify risks’

   The UK government has been accused of developing a secret policy that allows ministers to break the law by authorizing intelligence-sharing with allies where there is a serious risk of torture of detainees. Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents released under a freedom of information request, dated November 2018, have revealed a provision that allows […]

All-American Torture Camps, It’s Raining Plastic & Oil Companies Dig It

All-American Torture Camps, It’s Raining Plastic & Oil Companies Dig It Above Photo: Youtube Screenshot/ Occupy.com Human rights violations are rife in Alabama prisons – meanwhile, the Alabama Department of Corrections continues to overcrowd these torture centers while blaming mistreatment on staff shortages. Next up, we are effectively laminating our planet in plastic. And while […]

Venezuela’s Descent: From Shopping Mall to Torture Prison

El Helicoide (The Helix), once a shopping mall in Caracas, is now headquarters of the country’s notorious intelligence service, SEBIN. (Credit WikiMedia) El Helicoide, The Helix, is part of the DNA of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela. Dreamed up by three architects in the 1950s, El Helicoide was supposed to be […]

Distinguished UAE activist Mansoor’s prison conditions ‘may constitute torture,’ rights experts warn

Independent United Nations human rights experts have warned that prominent Emirati pro-democracy campaigner and rights activist Ahmed Mansoor may be enduring treatment amounting to torture, including prolonged solitary confinement, as he is serving his jail terms in the Persian Gulf Arab country. The experts said they were “gravely concerned” for Mansoor’s physical well-being and urged […]

New push to stop US funding torture of Palestinian children

Nora Barrows-Friedman Rights and Accountability 1 May 2019 The US State Department has acknowledged Israel’s routine and systematic abuse of Palestinian children by Israeli forces. Issam Rimawi APA images Israel would be banned from using US aid to detain and torture Palestinian children if a new bill becomes law. The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children […]

China’s animal torture internet channels

China’s animal torture internet channels China’s animal torture internet channels gain huge following from making a show out of cruelty One of the most popular channels, which features live footage of wild animals being hunted, abused and killed, has over 460,000 subscribers and 10,000 viewers per video Mimi Lau Published: 12:37pm, 12 Mar, 2017 Updated: […]

U.N. Torture Expert Urges Ecuador Not To Expel Assange From Embassy

U.N. Torture Expert Urges Ecuador Not To Expel Assange From Embassy Above Photo: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo/File Photo GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations torture investigator called on Ecuador on Friday not to expel Wikileaks founder Julian Assange […]

UN: US Force-Feeding Immigrants May Breach Torture Agreement

UN: US Force-Feeding Immigrants May Breach Torture Agreement Above Photo: FILE – In this June 2018 file photo, protesters walking along Montana Avenue outside the El Paso Processing Center, in El Paso, Texas. On Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, the United Nations human rights office says the force-feeding of immigrant hunger strikers in a Texas detention […]

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