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.

Libyan demonstrators in Seoul, South Korea called on Gaddafi to step down earlier this year. Several countries have now recognized the National Transitional Council as the new Libyan government. By lmjleft via Flickr, Creative Commons license.

Following the capture and death of Gaddafi, several states, the UN human rights commission, and human rights groups have called for an investigation or condemned the killing of the former regime leader and consider whether it constituted a war crime. Some believe that for the future of Libya, it would have been preferable for the former dictator to face a trial for his crimes. More horrible torture stories have also emerged from Libya.

In a case we mentioned last week, Pakistan police in Lahore will not investigate the torture death of a 70-year-old man who died after a night in police custody. This is a horrible betrayal of justice, yet again.

A retrial began for the tortured Bahrain doctors who previously were convicted in a military trial after they treated injured protesters during demonstrations earlier this year.

Human rights defenders in Zimbabwe are ‘naming and shaming‘ those who torture, and South West Radio Africa have continued naming the alleged locations where such crimes take place.

Keep a look out on this blog and our website today for an exciting announcement.

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