Violence against women, especially rape, has added its own brand of shame to recent wars. From conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina to Peru to Rwanda, girls and women have been singled out for rape, imprisonment, torture and execution. Rape, identified by psychologists as the most intrusive of traumatic events, has been documented in many armed conflicts including those in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Haiti, Liberia, Somalia and Uganda.
The number of migrants returning since the beginning of the year has reached almost Last year there were over 1, Sinceat least 5, have managed to flee the Saudi hell.
Most of the torture films were Asian, including five from Japan. To add to the exploitation angle of a torture film sex is often thrown into the mix. In most torture films featuring sex and rape women are on the receiving end The Black AngelEvil Dead TrapThe Snarethough Fant-Asia, being an equal opportunity festival, featured two films with men as victims, the hilarious The Female Inquisitor and the ludicrously unbelievable The Intruder.
A Uighur Muslim woman has said she was tortured and abused at an internment camp where the Chinese government is detaining hundreds of thousands of people from religious minorities. Mihrigul Tursun, 29, told reporters in Washington she was interrogated for four days in a row without sleep, had her hair shaved, was electrocuted and was subjected to an intrusive medical examination following her second arrest in China in After she was arrested a third time, the treatment grew worse.
The custodial killing of Rizwan Asad Pandit due to torture and inhumane treatment is yet another case among hundreds of cases of human rights violations where inhuman, degrading and excessive force has been used on a detainee resulting in his death. In the past Association of Parents of Disappeared APDP has highlighted the use of torture against detained individuals, which either leads to their death or lifelong physical and psychological ailments. In thousands of these cases, individuals have been subjected to enforced disappearance, which is a continuing crime.
There are a huge number of torture cases in Sri Lanka every year. Below are a few that the Asian Human Rights Commission has selected to illustrate the epidemic. The following cases are just a small fraction of the total number, however, they are useful as they all suggest a pattern, as follows.
Over the coming three years the initiative will gather together, connect, empower and seek to multiply anti-torture litigation to challenge impunity through an innovative, holistic and collective methodology. Anti-torture litigation is never an easy task and never business as usual. As litigators and activists we face multiple challenges: torture and other ill-treatment is clouded in secrecy; law and order forces systematically deny wrong doing; victims and witnesses as well as lawyers and defenders are often threatened with reprisals and intimidation; victims who most commonly have to withstand a hostile legal system suffer trauma requiring special support; and not the least — the general public is repeatedly told to tolerate state abuse for a higher good, security.
But upon landing at a Bangkok airport last week, Hakeem al-Araibi, a political refugee from Bahrain playing for a soccer team in Melbourne, Australia, was detained by Thai immigration authorities, who have been asked to extradite him to Bahrain, where he said he had been tortured. Araibi said by phone from an immigration detention center in Bangkok. At a court hearing on Friday, Mr. Araibi was served with a formal arrest warrant that paves the way for a possible extradition next week.
Throughout history, the ways women have been tortured at the hands of the men who tried to control them will send a shiver down your spine. Women have been tortured to repress their sexuality, silence their tongues, and conform to standards of beauty. Most of all, women have been tortured to break their spirit and to keep them submissive to the men who feared what a liberated woman might mean for their fragile worldviews.
In several countries across Asia, torture is used on a regular basis. Bringing perpetrators to justice is notoriously hard, especially in nations where the practice is state-sanctioned, HRW's Phil Robertson tells DW. Inflicting pain by using physical force, breaking people's will, trying to annihilate their personality - those are three forms of cruel treatment that fall under the definition of torture.