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Khmer Rouge chief jailer gets life in prison

PHNOM PENH Cambodia (AP) - A U.N.-backed tribunal's Supreme Court lengthened the sentence for the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer to life imprisonment on Friday because of his "shocking and heinous" crimes against the Cambodian people. The surprise ruling increased a Full version (available...

African migrants tortured in Egypt's Sinai desert

TEL AVIV Israel (AP) - The young man from Sudan holds his arms close to his sides, as if still at the mercy of smugglers who he says poured hot melted plastic over his back, whipped him with wires and beat him with sticks as he lay face down and naked. He pulls up his Full version (available to...

Afghan child bride's in-laws sentenced for torture

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - The in-laws of a child bride who became the bruised and bloodied face of women's rights in Afghanistan have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights violations, a judge said Saturday. The plight of Full version (available to lexis.com...

Iraq’s Secret Prisoners, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

In 2011, the Iraqi government announced that it had closed the misnamed Camp Honor, a prison located in Baghdad's "Green Zone" where prisoners were tortured. According to Human Rights Watch, the prison remains open today and is still being used for secret detentions and torture. The...

Rights group accuses Egypt's military of torture

CAIRO (AP) - An international rights group on Saturday accused the Egyptian armed forces of beating and torturing protesters arrested during antimilitary demonstrations early this month, and said that by permitting such actions the military "enables further Full version (available to lexis...

Brazil president to receive apologies for torture

SAO PAULO (AP) - The Rio de Janeiro state government said Friday it will apologize to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for the human rights abuses she suffered during the country's 1961-1985 dictatorship. Rousseff is a former leftist guerrilla who spent three years in Full version (available...

HRW: Kazakh riot trial marred by torture claims

ALMATY Kazakhstan (AP) - A prominent human rights group has condemned the conviction of 34 people accused of rioting in Kazakhstan's western oil town last year. Human Rights Watch said in a statement Tuesday that the court should have Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

UN report accuses Canada of complicity in torture

TORONTO (AP) - The Canadian government on Saturday criticized a United Nations agency for issuing a report condemning Canada for complicity in torture and human rights violations in Afghanistan and Syria. A report from the U.N. Committee Against Torture issued Friday said Canadian military commanders...

UN condemns Kazakh expulsion of Uzbek detainees

ALMATY Kazakhstan (AP) - Kazakhstan has violated its international human rights commitments by extraditing 29 asylum-seekers to the neighboring authoritarian state of Uzbekistan, a U.N. panel says. The deportees face possible ill-treatment, the Committee against Torture, a panel that monitors implementation...

Groups slam foundation's summit in E. Guinea

DAKAR Senegal (AP) - Human rights groups are calling on a foundation named for a late U.S. civil rights leader to cancel an upcoming summit in Equatorial Guinea, where the government is accused of torturing political opponents and other human rights abuses. The Leon Full version (available to lexis...

Chance encounter prompts torture suspect's arrest

DENVER (AP) - A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

UN: Torture of activists in Morocco 'systematic'

RABAT Morocco (AP) - Torture is systematic in Morocco for cases involving anti-government demonstrators and those accused of terrorism, a U.N. expert said Saturday after concluding a fact-finding mission in the North African kingdom. U.N. special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez spent Full version...

Ivory Coast: Detainees charge torture by military

SAN PEDRO Ivory Coast (AP) - The soldiers lined up the detainees in a row on the grass in the middle of the night and beat them with sticks. Other times, soldiers struck the prisoners with belts and rifles so hard the Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

UK court rules Kenyan torture victims can sue

LONDON (AP) - The High Court ruled Friday that three elderly Kenyans tortured during a rebellion against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims against the Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Amnesty Int: Ivory Coast torturing detainees

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast (AP) - Ivory Coast security officials are torturing dozens of detainees by administering electric shocks and other forms of abuse, Amnesty International alleged Friday. The victims include people charged with endangering state security in the wake of a recent spate of attacks...

Radical cleric Abu Qatada wins deportation appeal

LONDON (AP) - A radical Islamist cleric described by prosecutors as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe cannot be deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges, judges ruled Monday in the latest twist in a protracted legal saga. Britain's government has been Full version (available...

Jamaica to abolish slavery-era flogging law

KINGSTON Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica is preparing to abolish a slavery-era law allowing flogging and whipping as means of punishing prisoners, the Caribbean country's justice ministry said Thursday. The ministry said the punishment hasn't been ordered by a court since Full version (available...

Egypt arresting kid protesters, rights groups says

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian authorities arrested more than 300 children during protests in Cairo over the past year, beating and torturing some and trying many as adults, a leading international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said in a report that the arrests and treatment of detained children...

US judge: Somali colonel responsible for torture

COLUMBUS Ohio (AP) - A former military colonel with a Somali security force dubbed the "Gestapo of Somalia" by its critics was responsible for the torture of a human rights advocate in the 1980s, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a decision that opens the door for a hearing on Full version...

UN criticizes Russia over torture allegations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Committee Against Torture strongly criticized Russia in a report for failing to investigate widespread allegations of torture and stepping up intimidation and reprisals against human rights advocates and journalists. The panel of 10 independent experts expressed concern...