Taser deaths by police in Vermont and elsewhere clearly show that it is time for a moratorium on what the UN calls a “torture weapon.”
On the evening of June 20th in Thetford VT, Macadam Mason was just another all-but-anonymous 39-year-old artist, an alcoholic sober three years, a father of three who had epilepsy and mental health issues in the bargain. He’d had a grand mal seizure the day before and was suffering what, for him, were the typical disorienting after effects that usually lasted for days.Read more »
Massachusetts special-needs facility is believed to be the only one in the world that uses 'aversive therapy' in treating children - The UN's special rapporteur on torture has made a formal approach to the US government over a special-needs school near Boston that inflicts electric shocks on autistic children as a form of behavioural control. Juan Mendez has told the Guardian that he has opened discussions with the US mission to the UN in Geneva as a first step towards investigating the school.Read more »
A teenage Sudanese mother accused of adultery has been sentenced to death by stoning...Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who is believed to be under 18 and has a four-month-old baby, was tried without a lawyer, found guilty and sentenced to death. '...imposing this punishment on someone who may be a child is especially shocking,' said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. Sudan is notorious for its brutal and archaic punishments.Read more »
An Iranian cartoonist has been sentenced to 25 lashes depicting an MP in a soccer stadium, dressed as a player, with his foot resting on a soccer ball.Read more »
In 2008, reports surfaced that detainees at Guantanamo Bay had been tortured by songs such as Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and Drowning Pool's "Bodies." Now, a new documentary from Al Jazeera shows that detainees may also have been subjected to musical torture of a softer variety. According to the report, prisoners at the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base were forced to wear headphones blasting music from Sesame Street on repeat for hours or days on end. Christopher Cerf, the award-winning composer of Sesame Street, was stunned to learn how his music was being exploited.Read more »
Autopsy reports released last year by the Department of Defense raise stark questions about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two prisoners at Guantanamo. Details in the autopsy reports show that Abdul Rahman Al Amri was found dead by hanging with his hands tied behind his back, calling into question whether he had actually killed himself.Read more »
California 'milk man' subjected to extreme torture, hypothermia, raw sewage in LA County jailRead more »
Guantánamo briefly emerged from the shadows on Wednesday, February 29, when Majid Khan, a Pakistani national described as one of 14 “high-value detainees” when he arrived at Guantánamo in September 2006, after three and a half years in secret CIA prisons, appeared in public for the first time since his capture almost nine years ago.Read more »
A man held in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth because he was denied dental care has been awarded $22million for violation of his constitutional rights.
Stephen Slevin, 58, from New Mexico, was given the payout after accusing Dona Ana County jail of essentially forgetting about him after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, not giving him the healthcare he needed and treating him inhumanely.
The settlement is one of the largest federal civil rights awards in history involving an inmate.Read more »
SMITHFIELD, N.C. - With fresh ammunition from a University of North Carolina law school report, activists renewed their call Thursday for state officials to take legal action against Aero Contractors Ltd.
For years the Johnston County, N.C., air transport company, which has links to the CIA, has been accused of being a taxi service for paramilitary teams that pick up terrorism suspects in one country and fly them to another where it’s easier to interrogate and, perhaps, torture them. The process is known as extraordinary rendition.Read more »
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