Friday News Clippings: torture as usual

Parallel to the extremely notorious cases of mass torture in Libya and Bahrain, torture continues to be practiced under the “usual” conditions around the world. Radio France Internationale reports police torture in Nigeria. The article points out two common patterns of torture as practiced in everyday life: firstly, that police in several countries are “under intense pressure from the government and the public to deliver. This means they sometimes resort to using crude tactics to get results.” A similar story came to us from Pakistan (see Police brutally torture youth, break hands, legs). Secondly, this is happening above all in countries where a large part of the population lives in poverty. This important aspect has been underlined in the recent Declaration on Poverty and Torture issued by the IRCT Council. In fact, poverty is one of the major underlying factors that keeps people perpetually vulnerable to torture, and tends to increase or deepen poverty by stripping victims of the ability to continue their livelihoods.

In times of remarkable political transformations and the mass torture that accompanies it, let’s not forget “torture as usual”.


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  1. #1 by Sylvia Garner-Giordano on 29/11/2011 - 13:09

    Torture: The Unseen Hand

    All of the world has seen pictures from cases of persons who have been tortured in what we call ‘Third World” nations- unsophisticated and obvious physical torture; but what about the sophisticated unobvious torture conducted by seemingly developed nations? Torture by the unseen hand. Torture technology that allows a computer to do the hands off dirty work. Torture like “bleeding out,” broken bones, germ/disease injection, poisoning, mental manipulation, silent rape,etc. Torture that allows the so-called developed nations to show one face to the world and secretly torture their people and others for whatever reasons they seem fit.


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