Monday News Updates

Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we will post updates on ongoing cases of torture, new opinion pieces in the media, or news stories or issues that emerge.

Protesters demonstrate at the Pearl Roundabout in Bahrain in February 2011, site of violent government crackdowns. The doctors, currently sentenced to 15 years, treated several injured protesters. Photo credit to Mahmood Al-Yousif from Flickr, Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)


I was tortured in Bahrain police cell, says one of the doctors jailed for 15 years // The Independent / UK

Never were there more unlikely revolutionaries than the doctors and nurses, all specialists in their fields, whom the Bahraini government claims had turned the Salmaniya Hospital Complex in Manama, the capital, into a base for rebellion. “We are completely innocent,” Dr Saffar said. “All we did was to treat our patients.”

Anti-Qaddafi Fighters Are Accused of Torture // The New York Times / U.S.

First there were the blindfold, the wrist-scarring handcuffs and the death threats. Then came beatings and electric shocks. In the fog of pain, the detainee, who said he had done nothing wrong, would have confessed to anything, he later recalled.

The techniques were familiar to Libyans, but the perpetrators were not: they were former rebels, according to the detainee, a 36-year-old man who said he had worked in military intelligence for the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Tales of torture in Syria // Al-Ahram Weekly / Egypt

The recording was a reminder of other video footage showing acts of torture, including the widely-circulated footage of the corpse of Hamza Al-Khateeb, 13, who had been detained by the security forces for more than two weeks and his body returned to his family disfigured by torture.

Police has ordered an inquiry into torture of minor // Express News Service / India

On Friday, Ricky’s family had alleged that the police picked had him at 9 PM on September 24 and taken him to the Sector 61 police post on the suspicion of breaking a window pane of a house in the colony. The boy was allegedly beaten up by the cops and made to stand naked for over two hours.

Governo quer criar comissão para combater a tortura // Estado de Minas / Brasil

O projeto de lei constitui ainda o Comitê Nacional de Combate à Tortura, que será formado por integrantes de ministérios e representantes da sociedade civil.

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