Acts of torture

August 23, 2019 - 6:03 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A wave of abductions, torture and arrests in Zimbabwe are targeting opposition activists and other government critics. Comedian Samantha Kureya was this week dragged from her bed, stripped naked and tortured by masked men with assault rifles for skits perceived as anti-...
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In this Aug 16, 2019, photo, supporters of former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary and opposition’s presidential candidate Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, carry his portrait, and await his arrival in Ambalanthota, Sri Lanka. Gotabaya is a feared former defense official accused of human rights abuses and crushing critics, but to many Sri Lankans, he is the leader most needed after last April’s Easter bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people. (AP Photo/Sajeewa Chinthaka)
August 22, 2019 - 10:19 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250...
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Armed Riot Police block a main road during a patrol on the streets in Harare, Thursday, Aug, 15, 2019. In a show of force to discourage anti government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents, "you will rot in jail" if they participated in the demonstrations planned for Friday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 15, 2019 - 6:35 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents "you will rot in jail" if they participate in the demonstrations planned for Friday. Six anti-government activists have been...
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August 06, 2019 - 4:54 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan musician and opposition leader Bobi Wine is urging police to investigate the death of one of his supporters who died from injuries sustained during torture by unknown abductors. Wine said the victim, an entertainer whose stage name was Zigy Wyne, was missing an eye...
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June 26, 2019 - 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military and police forces led by Sri Lanka's former defense secretary, now a presidential hopeful, repeatedly tortured and raped political opponents, in some cases branding them with hot metal rods and lashing them with electrical cables, according to new allegations made...
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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016 file photo, Sameer Ahmed, a Kashmiri man allegedly beaten up by Indian soldiers at Khrew village, recovers at a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to probe endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced decades long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
May 19, 2019 - 8:53 pm
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2018 file photo, Louise Turpin, left, and her husband, David Turpin appear in Superior Court in Riverside, Calif. The Turpins, who starved a dozen of their children and shackled some to beds, face sentencing for years of abuse. The couple is due Friday, April 19, 2019, in Riverside County Superior Court for a proceeding that is largely a formality. The couple pleaded guilty in February to torture and other abuse and agreed to serve at least 25 years in prison. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP, Pool, File)
April 19, 2019 - 10:27 am
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a California couple who starved and abused a dozen of their children for years (all times local): 10:26 a.m. A California couple who pleaded guilty to years of torture and abuse of 12 of their 13 children have been sentenced to life in prison...
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March 14, 2019 - 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen who has been detained in Saudi Arabia met Thursday with members of Congress as he seeks help to secure his father's release. Ahmed Fitaihi says his father, Walid, has been beaten, electrocuted and subjected to other forms of torture and allowed...
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March 13, 2019 - 6:54 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's main intelligence agency is suing a major independent newspaper for defamation over reports of torture in a Russian city. Court filings show that a Moscow court on Tuesday accepted the FSB's lawsuit against Novaya Gazeta over two articles published earlier this year. Novaya...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The family of a dual Saudi-U.S. citizen imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than a year are claiming that he has been subjected to routine torture and is on the verge of an emotional breakdown. In seeking to publicize the issue, the family will have to contend with the extremely tight public relationship between Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman, popularly referred to as MBS. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 03, 2019 - 4:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of a dual Saudi-U.S. citizen imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than a year are claiming that he has been subjected to routine torture and is on the verge of an emotional breakdown. After months of quietly trying to secure his release, the family of Dr. Walid Fitaihi...
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