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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 13, 2008 Mexican Rights Panel Called 'Disappointing': Report Cites Lack of Focus on Military
QUOTE: The Human Rights Watch report said abuses committed by the military against civilians "are rarely punished." The report ascribes part of the blame to Mexico's rights commission because it routinely turns over cases to military authorities who "have proven unable to properly investigate and prosecute human rights cases."
Washington Post Feb 07, 2008 Mukasey Rejects Criminal Probe Into Waterboarding
QUOTE: New controversy about waterboarding has swirled in Washington since CIA Director Michael V. Hayden confirmed...that the CIA used the tactic on al-Qaeda prisoners...at a secret detention site. [Hayden] defended the treatment as necessary to obtain information about potential terrorist attacks. Independent legal experts have said the use of a tactic meant to coerce detainees to talk by making them fear death through drowning is barred by U.S. laws and treaties under all circumstances...
Washington Post Jan 30, 2008 Mukasey Hints at Wider CIA Probe
QUOTE: [New] testimony [from Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey ] indicated that the CIA tapes probe, which Mukasey launched earlier this month, could go beyond the tape destruction itself to examine the actions of the current and former CIA employees who carried out coercive interrogations.
Washington Post Jan 08, 2008 A cold-war case of CIA detention still echoes: The Yuri Nosenko affair unveiled US use of extreme isolation to try to 'break' the KGB defector.
QUOTE: Behind the debate over the Central Intelligence Agency's destruction of videotapes depicting waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques lies a fundamental question: Can government officials use such aggressive tactics without violating US law?
Christian Science Monitor Dec 07, 2007 Lawmakers Back Limits on Interrogation Tactics
QUOTE: The vote to require all American interrogators to abide by the Army Field Manual, which prohibits coercive methods, came during negotiations of the Senate and House intelligence committees over the annual intelligence authorization bill. It will not be the last word on the subject; the full House and Senate must still pass the bill, and it would likely face a veto by President Bush.
New York Times Dec 02, 2007 Lives: Poetry of Protest
QUOTE: I didn’t know it at the time, but I was only one of hundreds of student protesters detained that day. Our demonstrations had exhausted the patience of the hard-liners in the regime, and the police had been let off the leash. “Downtown” meant a tiny cell in Evin prison, in North Tehran, and “a few questions” meant protracted torture.
New York Times Nov 06, 2007 Egyptian Police Sentenced In Landmark Torture Case
QUOTE: Police treatment of Egyptians often is openly rough -- officers slap street children in full view of passersby, for example. Local rights groups say torture is systemic and that poor training leads police to rely on beatings to obtain confessions.
Washington Post Oct 31, 2007 Mukasey Losing Democrats' Backing: Nominee Unsure If Waterboarding Breaks Torture Law
QUOTE: Attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey told Senate Democrats yesterday that a kind of simulated drowning known as waterboarding is "repugnant to me," but he said he does not know whether the interrogation tactic violates U.S. laws against torture. Mukasey's uncertainty about the method's legality has raised new questions about the success of his nomination.
Washington Post Oct 24, 2007 Atrocities in East Congo Attributed to All Parties: Fighters Routinely Terrorize Civilians, Report Says
QUOTE: A variety of armed groups, including the Congolese military, have routinely terrorized civilians across eastern Congo in the past year, with killings, massacres, rapes, abductions, looting and other brutalities perpetrated by all parties in the conflict, according to a report released Tuesday by New York-based Human Rights Watch.
Washington Post Oct 14, 2007 A Violent Police Unit, on Film and in Rio’s Streets
QUOTE: The movie, which opened nationwide on Friday but last week in Rio and São Paulo, has offered a rare look into the battalion, which is depicted as killing and torturing, seemingly at will. It is causing many Brazilians to reflect on what level of violence is acceptable from the police, especially in Rio, a city with a homicide rate more than six times higher than New York City’s.
New York Times Oct 13, 2007 Mexican 'Dirty War' Case Nears Court: International Body Set to Probe Fate of Activist Missing Since 1974
QUOTE: More than 33 years later, Mexican human rights experts say Radilla's case is likely to be the first from Mexico's "dirty war" to go before an international human rights court. Attorneys involved in the case say it will be submitted next week to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is composed of judges elected by member nations of the Organization of American States
Washington Post Oct 10, 2007 Judge Orders U.S. Not to Transfer Tunisian Detainee
QUOTE: A federal district judge has ordered the government not to transfer a Tunisian detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to his home country, over fears that he would be tortured or killed. The move marks the first time a court has prevented U.S. officials from making such a transfer and is the first ruling in favor of an individual detainee's rights at the detention facility since Congress restricted court oversight of the detainees.
Washington Post Oct 05, 2007 Debate Erupts on Techniques Used by C.I.A.
QUOTE: The disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions on interrogation on Thursday set off a bitter round of debate over the treatment of terrorism suspects in American custody and whether Congress has been adequately informed of legal policies.
New York Times Oct 04, 2007 Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations
QUOTE: But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
New York Times Aug 29, 2007 Colonel Is Acquitted in Abu Ghraib Abuse Case
QUOTE: Colonel Jordan’s acquittal on most charges means that no officers have been found criminally responsible for the abuses at the prison. Col. Thomas M. Pappas, the military intelligence officer who ran Abu Ghraib, was punished administratively...Janis Karpinski, the brigadier general who was the military police commander at Abu Ghraib, was reprimanded and demoted.
New York Times Aug 24, 2007 Padilla sues US officials over confinement: Despite his conviction on terror conspiracy charges, his lawyers say he suffered 'psychological abuse' during military detention.
QUOTE: Convicted Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla is seeking to hold former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and 59 other US officials responsible for what his lawyers say were abusive and unconstitutional tactics used against Mr. Padilla while he was held in military custody as an enemy combatant from 2002 to 2006.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 22, 2007 Officer's Role at Abu Ghraib Played Down
QUOTE: Military prosecutors are working to link Jordan's military intelligence role with the abuse that soldiers are known to have committed, after years of government lawyers arguing that the abuse was committed solely by rogue military police soldiers who were not connected to interrogation efforts.
Washington Post Aug 10, 2007 Gaddafi's Son: Bulgarians Were Tortured: Statement Confirms in Part Allegations Made by Six Released Medical Workers
QUOTE: Six Bulgarian medical workers imprisoned on charges of infecting children with the HIV virus were tortured by electric shock during their captivity, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi told al-Jazeera television.
Washington Post Aug 05, 2007 Report: Harsh Methods Used On 9/11 Suspect: Article Details Torture That Mastermind Said He Endured
QUOTE: President Bush last month signed an executive order that requires the CIA to treat detainees humanely, but a classified list of techniques that are approved for the agency's use has been kept from public view.
Washington Post Jun 19, 2007 Bush and Rumsfeld ‘Knew about Abu Ghraib’
QUOTE: The two-star Army General who led the first military investigation into human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has bluntly questioned the integrity of former US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, suggesting he misled the US Congress by downplaying his own prior knowledge of what had happened.
Independent News (UK) Jun 07, 2007 The CIA's favorite form of torture: If the Bush administration forces the CIA to drop "tough" interrogation techniques like waterboarding, the agency will probably fall back on a brutal method...
QUOTE: sensory deprivation...has been considered effective for most of the life of the agency, and its slippery definition might allow it to squeeze through loopholes in a law that seeks to ban prisoner abuse.
Salon May 24, 2007 Nations Use Fear to Distract From Rights Abuses, Group Says
QUOTE: Powerful governments and armed groups are spreading fear to divert attention from human rights abuses, exacerbating polarization in an increasingly dangerous world, Amnesty International said yesterday in its annual assessment of rights worldwide.
Washington Post May 07, 2007 Report: Israel's Shin Bet uses torture illegally in interrogations: Two human rights groups say Palestinian prisoners routinely abused, though Israel dismisses the charges.
QUOTE: The Israeli security service agency Shin Bet routinely violates international law by torturing Palestinian prisoners, according to a new report released by two Israeli human rights organizations. B'Tselem and HaMoked, both of which work to fight violations of Palestinians' human rights, write in their joint report that their findings came from interviews with 73 West Bank Palestinians who were arrested and interrogated by Shin Bet, also known as the Israel Security Agency (ISA), between July 2005 and January 2006.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 16, 2007 Was Jose Padilla tortured by US military? The accused terrorist's lawyers hope to use a competency hearing to show alleged mistreatment
QUOTE: Now, Padilla is facing an April trial in federal court here on charges that he became a willing Al Qaeda recruit in a violent global jihad. But his lawyers complain that Padilla's harsh treatment during nearly four years of military detention and interrogation has left him so psychologically damaged that he is unable to help wage his own defense.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 15, 2007 E.U. Report Faults 16 Nations in Probe Of Secret CIA Flights
QUOTE: The [European--Ed.] parliament criticized the CIA renditions -- an extralegal tactic by which alleged terrorists have been abducted and interrogated at secret sites overseas -- "as an illegal instrument used by the USA in the fight against terrorism" and condemned the "acceptance and concealing of the practices by the secret services and governmental authorities of certain European countries."
Washington Post Jan 27, 2007 Tortured Man Gets Apology From Canada
QUOTE: The prime minister of Canada apologized Friday to Maher Arar and agreed to give $9 million in compensation to the Canadian Arab, who was spirited by U.S. agents to Syria and tortured there after being falsely named as a terrorism suspect...Harper and Arar both criticized the United States for its refusal to accept the exhaustive Canadian inquiry that found Arar was an innocent man.
Washington Post Jan 08, 2007 Conservatives Decry Terror Laws' Impact on Refugees: Administration's Interpretation Means Many Asylum-Seekers Are Wrongly Considered Security Threats, Critics Say
QUOTE: Conservatives who supported President Bush's reelection have joined liberal groups in expressing outrage over his administration's broad use of anti-terrorism laws to reject asylum for thousands of people seeking refuge from religious, ethnic and political persecution.
Washington Post Dec 26, 2006 British Troops Raid, Raze Station House In Southern Iraq: Renegade Police Unit Suspected of Torture
QUOTE: About 1,000 British and Iraqi troops raided a police station in the southern city of Basra on Monday, killing seven gunmen and taking custody of more than 100 prisoners who were believed to be marked for execution by a renegade police unit.
Washington Post Dec 09, 2006 U.S. Denies Liability in Torture Case: Attorney Urges Dismissal of Detainee Suit Against Officials
QUOTE: The Bush administration asserted in federal court yesterday that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and three former military officials cannot be held liable for the alleged torture of nine Afghans and Iraqis in U.S. military detention camps because the detainees have no standing to sue in U.S. courts.
Washington Post Nov 30, 2006 In Croatia, another wary struggle with Holocaust: Museum attempts to confront toll of Jasenovac camp
QUOTE: As histories of the Holocaust go, that of the concentration camp at Jasenovac probably ranks among the most brutal...in the 61 years since the camp was closed, successive governments have written and rewritten history. Communist and nationalist rulers, Serbs and Croats, each pursuing their own ideological goals, have apportioned blame differently and alternately exaggerated or downplayed the number of those killed.
Boston Globe Nov 15, 2006 Amateur Videos Are Putting Official Abuse in New Light
QUOTE: The digital revolution is helping to throw light into some of the world's darkest corners. The photos of naked and shackled Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison -- images taken on soldiers' personal digital cameras and made public in 2004 -- focused a global spotlight on abuses there. Ordinary people going about their daily lives are now the first to document historic events.
Washington Post Oct 27, 2006 Deportation Of Uzbek By Russia Is Criticized: European Court Had Ordered Stay
QUOTE: ussia has deported an Uzbek man to his home country despite a last-minute order by the European Court of Human Rights that the deportation be stayed pending a review...."Our greatest concern is for Muminov's protection from torture or other ill treatment,"...
Washington Post Oct 26, 2006 Paths to Forgiveness - Mercy vs. justice as Liberia heals itself: Liberia's new Truth and Reconciliation Commission seeks a balance between punishment and forgiveness.
QUOTE: they debate such issues as how to help victims of war testify in public - and whether to subpoena warlords-turned-members of parliament. Meet the members of Liberia's new Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Theirs is the latest of the 30-plus truth commissions held around the world since 1974, including South Africa's, which famously charted a healing path for its postapartheid nation.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 19, 2006 Torture of detainees? No. 'Coercion'? It depends. New detainee law gives the White House and the CIA most – but not all – of the authority they wanted for interrogations.
QUOTE: legal and other experts say the new law does not give the White House - and the CIA - the clear and broad authorization the president had requested....What the president won was a congressional endorsement of the concept of using coercive interrogations - provided the techniques are not too extreme.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 15, 2006 'Alternative' CIA tactics complicate Padilla case: Evidence against the American terror suspect was obtained through torture, his lawyers say.
QUOTE: The case is emerging as a major test of whether such intelligence information is admissible in US courts. And it highlights the difficult debate over military commissions currently under way in Congress, which is wrestling with how best to protect national security while also preserving America's tradition of due process and fair trials.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 10, 2006 In Remote Prison, Disputes Flared Over Interrogations
QUOTE: But rather than the smooth process depicted by Mr. Bush, interviews with nearly a dozen current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials briefed on the process show, the interrogation of Mr. Zubaydah was fraught with sharp disputes, debates about the legality and utility of harsh interrogation methods, and a rupture between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the C.I.A. that has yet to heal.
New York Times Aug 30, 2006 In Chechen's Humiliation, Questions on Rule of Law
QUOTE: Chechen security forces brutish acts, such as the torture of a woman accused of adultery, have gone unpunished...Mr. Kadyrov said that his units were being professionalized and that the armed men under his command integrated into formal government structures.
New York Times Aug 10, 2006 Kyrgyz Deportations Draw U.N. Rebuke: Five Who Fled 2005 Uzbek Crackdown Could Face Abuse, Refugee Official Says
QUOTE: Five people who fled the Uzbek city of Andijan to neighboring Kyrgyzstan last year during a deadly government crackdown were turned over to Uzbekistan on Wednesday. The decision drew swift condemnation from the United Nations and human rights groups...their deportation violated international law.
Washington Post Aug 03, 2006 Editorial: Dishonorable Service
QUOTE: a general who turns a military detention camp into a center for the torment of prisoners, and then keeps exporting those vile practices...is whitewashed of any blame, protected from even the mildest reprimand, and, finally, retires honorably with the military’s highest noncombat medal pinned to his chest.
New York Times Jul 20, 2006 Inquiry Finds Police Abuse, but Says Law Bars Trials
QUOTE: scores of criminal suspects were routinely brutalized by police officers on the South Side of Chicago in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but that extensive legal research persuaded them there was no way to skirt the statute of limitations preventing prosecution.
New York Times Jul 19, 2006 Report on Chicago Police Torture Is Released
QUOTE: Special prosecutors said today that scores of criminal suspects were routinely tortured by police officers on the South Side in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but that extensive legal research convinced them that there was no way to skirt the statute of limitations preventing prosecution.
New York Times Jun 17, 2006 Bad Advice Blamed For Banned Tactics: 2004 Report Cites Interrogation Errors
QUOTE: A secretive military Special Operations group in Iraq used several unauthorized interrogation tactics on detainees in early 2004 after it erroneously received an outdated policy from commanders in Baghdad...
Washington Post Jun 13, 2006 Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Ban Torture
QUOTE: Titled "Torture is a Moral Issue," the statement says that torture "violates the basic dignity of the human person" and "contradicts our nation's most cherished values."
Washington Post May 11, 2006 British Attorney General Says Guantanamo 'Should Close'
QUOTE: British Attorney General Peter Goldsmith on Wednesday said the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was "unacceptable" and "should close."
Washington Post Apr 30, 2006 U.S. Says It Fears Detainee Abuse in Repatriation
QUOTE: A long-running effort by the Bush administration to send home many of the terror suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been stymied in part because of concern among United States officials that the prisoners may not be treated humanely by their own governments...
New York Times Apr 26, 2006 As Challenges to Lethal Injection Mount, Justices Set to Hear Case
QUOTE: ...lethal injection is now on the defensive, facing a surprisingly effective attack in the courts from those who argue that it actually can cause intense but undetectable physical pain.
Washington Post Feb 25, 2006 Killing in France Seen as 'Wake-Up Call': Anti-Semitism Blamed in Kidnapping, Torture of 23-Year-Old Salesman
QUOTE: Many have cited the torture and reports that the gang's suspected leader was later arrested in a Muslim neighborhood in Ivory Coast, in West Africa. In a country that experienced a surge in anti-Semitic attacks, most of them blamed on Muslims, in the first years of the current Palestinian uprising against Israel, top politicians have rallied to publicly condemn the crime.
Washington Post Feb 24, 2006 FBI Interrogators in Cuba Opposed Aggressive Tactics
QUOTE: FBI officials who were interrogating terrorism suspects at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002 and 2003 strenuously objected to aggressive techniques the military was using and believed they could be illegal...
Washington Post Feb 24, 2006 Charter for Rights Panel Faulted: Advocates Criticize U.S. Call to Reopen Talks on U.N. Draft
QUOTE: John R. Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called for reopening negotiations on a new human rights council, a move that senior U.N. officials and some human rights advocates warned could jeopardize the creation of a new agency to sanction rights violators.
Washington Post Feb 09, 2006 U.S. Detainee's Transfer Blocked: Attorneys Cite Fear of Torture
QUOTE: Shawqi Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who also has Jordanian citizenship, was captured in October 2004 and has been held in the U.S.-run detention system in Iraq while he awaits proceedings in Iraqi courts. Omar's attorneys filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Washington last week asking a judge to block his transfer to Iraqi custody for fear that he will be tortured.
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