Category: torture

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UAE-backed forces accused of arbitrary arrests, torture in Yemen

A Yemeni militia backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been accused of kidnapping several young “northerners” in the southern port city of Aden, with relatives alleging they have been wrongly detained, tortured and denied access to a fair trial. In a series of videos and documents sent to Al Jazeera, the relatives said they had not heard from…

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Trump capture for imprint spanking new CIA director Gina Haspel oversaw torture

Gina Haspel has been named by US President Donald Trump as new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, becoming the first woman to hold the post if confirmed by the Senate. Trump announced on Tuesday that Haspel, currently the intelligence agency’s deputy director, would be replacing Mike Pompeo. Pompeo was appointed the new secretary of…

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Mike Pompeo on Muslims, torture and Guantanamo Bay

The appointment of former CIA director Mike Pompeo as US secretary of state occurred on Tuesday after months of rumours that Rex Tillerson was on the way out. Tillerson was often depicted as a calm hand of “peaceful pressure” while US President Donald Trump usually opted for hasty decisions, bombastic rhetoric, and controversial policy positions.…

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Israel’s Shin Bet to face first-ever torture probe

For the first time in its history, an interrogator from Israel’s secret police agency, the Shin Bet, is to face a criminal investigation over allegations of torture. It will be the first probe of the Shin Bet since Israel’s supreme court issued a landmark ruling nearly two decades ago prohibiting, except in extraordinary circumstances, the…

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UK fines Al Arabiya for Bahrain ‘torture confession’

British media regulator, Ofcom, has fined a Saudi-owned channel 120,000 pounds ($171,000) for broadcasting statements by a Bahraini opposition leader, who is now in prison, that were extracted under torture. Al Arabiya, which is based in Dubai, featured Hassan Mushaima’s statements in a February 2016 programme, which dealt with the Bahraini uprising of 2011 and purported ties…

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UAE officers below investigation for torture

Geneva, Switzerland – The UK police is actively investigating a group of United Arab Emirates officials for torture and cruel treatment inflicted on several Qatari nationals, a human rights lawyer has said. The Emiratis may be questioned and arrested if they were to enter the UK under the principle of universal jurisdiction, says Rodney Dixon,…