Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report

Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan’s State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an “encouraging reduction” in the level of abuse since 2016. 

Torture and abuse may be banned, but eradication a long way off – UN rights expert

“The world is still plagued by torture” and there is an increasing acceptance of the idea” that such an “abhorrent practice should be permissible in certain circumstances, or against certain groups”.  That is what UN Special Rapporteur on torture Professor Nils Melzer told the United Nations General Assembly this week. Professor Melzer spoke with UN News's Lidiya Loukinykh.

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News in Brief 13 August 2018

  • Report underscores need to respect human rights during Somalia elections
  • UN Mission welcomes progress towards Afghanistan elections
  • Rights experts call for immediate release of Bangladesh photographer
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'I wouldn’t be here without UN fund for torture victims'

A Liberian journalist and human rights campaigner who endured months of torture during his country’s civil war says a UN fund for torture victims helps survivors “feel human again.”

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News in Brief 15 March 2018

  • UNRWA services "need to be maintained at all costs”: UN chief
  • Thousands flee eastern Ghouta as UN prepares to assist those in need
  • OHCHR: “Strong evidence” of torture during investigation into 43 Mexican students’ disappearance
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UN Committee against Torture issues new guidelines on asylum seekers’ rights

New guidelines developed by the United Nations Committee against Torture aim to help Governments avoid violating international human rights law, and to help asylum seekers avoid torture or other ill-treatment.


Horrors of sexual violence against Syrian boys and men revealed

Disturbing details have emerged of a little-known side to the Syrian conflict: sexual violence against boys and men.

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Empathy, not torture, most effective: Norwegian investigator

When interrogating killers and other criminals, Norwegian police officers do not seek to “break down” suspects.

Rather, they gather information by using a technique that emphasizes communication and empathy.

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No evidence torture produces reliable info: former investigator

Torture is not only immoral and illegal, it is also counterproductive to effective intelligence gathering, an independent international security consultant has said.

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Torture during interrogations not just wrong but also counterproductive – UN rights chief

The torture and ill-treatment of persons suspected of crimes is not only “deeply wrong” but, from an interrogator's perspective, also counterproductive, the United Nations human rights chief said today at an event held in New York.