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Sudan gives death sentence to 27 agents who tortured, killed protester

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The agents are found guilty of torturing to death Ahmed al-Kheir Awadh at an intelligence services facility

NPA did not torture slain Negros Oriental cops – NDF

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:33 PM

In a statement on the NDF website, the communist rebels say the ambush is 'a legitimate act of war'

TORTURED?  Police probers investigate the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental on Friday, July 19./Contributed Photo

Groups fear 'more challenging days' for human rights with new Senate

May 22, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Advocate Rose Trajano says it is high time for local government units to introduce and promote ordinances that focus on defending human rights

End Duterte ‘war’ on rights defenders, watchdogs say

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'Alongside his infamous ‘war on drugs’, President Duterte has declared open season on human rights defenders in the Philippines,' says the International Federation for Human Rights

'VIOLENT RHETORIC.' Human rights watchdogs call out President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly encouraging threats against human rights defenders like activists, journalists, and opposition lawmakers. Malacañang file photo

Rights groups hit lack of facilities for children in conflict with the law

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:37 AM

'If we’re going to be bringing up children inside a kulungan (prison), what kind of future do we expect?” asks Christine Sevilla of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

PROTEST. Different child rights groups belonging to the Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns oppose the newly amended law lowering the minimum criminal responsibility from age 15 years old to 9 years old. They hit the legislators who approved the amendment of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act for using the children to advance their political interests. The press conference was held at the Commission on Human Rights headquarters in Quezon City. January 22, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CHR: Makati cops in strip-search video violated Anti-Torture Act

Jul 05, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine National Police 'to open a transparent investigation' to hold the perpetrators accountable

[OPINION] To the father I once hated

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The man I hated so much for loosening his grip on my arm; the son my Lola had called a problem child, was among those who fought for the freedoms we are enjoying now.

Torture victims can now get psychological, financial aid from gov’t

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:34 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development leads 4 other agencies in the provision of services for torture victims

PSYCHOLOGICAL AID. Torture victims may avail of psychological services provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Duterte to 'look into' secret Manila jail cell

Apr 28, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Senators call for ‘swift justice’ against the policemen responsible for the secret jail cell A House inquiry is being pushed

SECRET JAIL CELL. NCRPO chief Oscar Albayalde with Station 1 commander Superintendent Roberto Domingo at Manila Police Station 1 in Raxabago, Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Egypt closes offices of key anti-torture organization

Feb 09, 2017 - 9:47 PM

The El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and Violence in Cairo offers psychological rehabilitation to victims of abuses including sexual assault

Amnesty accuses Syria of mass hangings in infamous jail

Feb 07, 2017 - 3:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Amnesty International s damning report is based on interviews with 84 witnesses including guards detainees and judges

A frame grab from a video on Saydnaya prison, produced by Amnesty International. Courtesy Amnesty International

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 6, 2016

Dec 06, 2016 - 9:41 AM

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Red Cross survey shows surging acceptance of torture in conflict

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:02 AM

A vast Red Cross survey indicates that acceptance of torture during war has increased dramatically in recent decades with fewer than half of people now categorically rejecting the practice

MOURNING. Kashmiri relatives of Qaiser Hamid, 16, mourn during his funeral in Srinagar on November 5, 2016. The teenager died in hospital in Srinagar on November 4, after alleged torture by police while in custody. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa / AFP

'House of horrors' murder trial opens in Germany

Oct 26, 2016 - 10:25 PM

A couple is accused of luring at least 8 women to their home and torturing them At least 2 of their alleged victims died

Defendant Wilfried W stands in the courtroom of the regional court in Paderborn, northern Germnay, on October 26, 2016 ahead the beginning of the trial against him and his ex-wife. The trial of a man and his ex-wife accused of kidnapping and mistreating eight women, two of them to death at their home in western Germany, opened in Paderborn. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Bernd Thissen / Germany OUT

Thai authorities bar Amnesty news conference on torture

Sep 28, 2016 - 8:33 PM

The advocacy group is told by labor officials and police that speaking at the event could be grounds for arrest AI spokesman Omar Waraich tells the Agence France Presse forcing the group to cancel the conference

WATCH: Martial Law victim recalls torture by electrocution

Sep 22, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Urban poor leader Trinidad Herrera Repuno s fingers and breasts were electrocuted when she denied she was a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines

WATCH: Etta Rosales shares the torture she 'hated' the most

Sep 21, 2016 - 9:35 PM

The former Commission on Human Rights chairperson says she hated the military for playing songs of love of country while she was suffering from their torture

A Martial Law victim's story of healing

Sep 21, 2016 - 2:46 PM

Hilda Narciso was among the female detainees repeatedly raped while in detention She recalls how she moved forward from the nightmare that was Martial Law

HEALER. Martial Law victim turned healer Hilda Narciso narrates how she moved on after sexual abuse under the dictatorship.

NDF consultants claim torture, 'US FBI presence' in police camps

Aug 19, 2016 - 7:06 PM

The PNP tells the NDF to file the appropriate cases and give details noting that it does not tolerate wrongdoing by its own men and women

NDF. Benito Tiamzom and wife Wilma Tiamzon (next) along with recently released political prisoners during press conference at the Immaculate Conception Multi-purpose Hall in Cubao, Quezon City on August 19. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

PH 'superheroes’ urge Duterte to scrap Marcos burial at Heroes’ Cemetery

Jul 23, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Various groups and individuals oppose the plan including relatives of those buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Singaporean couple jailed for torturing toddler to death

Jul 05, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The couple hit and kicked the boy over a 5 week period in 2015 and he died a month short of his 3rd birthday

Martial law is not just about Aquino and Marcos

May 12, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Perhaps if we gave more attention to the stories of the thousands of other victims it would be so much harder for the Filipino people to forget

Torture-praising politician seizes limelight in Brazil

Apr 20, 2016 - 1:42 PM

The growing popularity of a lawmaker who praises torture and military dictatorship is the latest sign of Brazil slipping into unpredictable – and some say dangerous – political territory

In this file photo, legislator Jair Bolsonaro participates in a session held at Chamber of Legislators in Brasilia, Brazil, April 1, 2014. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Martial law not an 'era of discipline' - Miriam College community

Mar 30, 2016 - 6:37 PM

Martial Law did not result in real peace Instead it fomented greater social unrest and promoted a culture of violence throughout the country

2016 Vice-Presidential Candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos continues to visit various places in the north on the second day of his election sortie on Wednesday, February 10. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Rights group accuses Ethiopian troops of executing protesters

Mar 14, 2016 - 10:54 PM

An Ethiopian rights group oaccuses government forces of more than 100 extra judicial killings as well as torture while putting down protests that began last year in the Oromia region

PROTEST. Protestors set up a symbolic coffin with victim’s names in Wolenkomi, some 60km West of Addis Ababa, after police shot dead at least four people during a demonstration on December 15, 2015. Photo by Justine Boulo / AFP

A culture of inhumanity in UP

Mar 07, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Is student culture becoming like the culture of the military torturers where sadism is encouraged?

Trump backtracks on torture, targeted killings

Mar 05, 2016 - 8:07 AM

Donald Trump s new position stands in contrast to remarks he made at a Republican debate less than 24 hours earlier

TOUGH TALK. Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrive to speak at a campaign event at The Wexford Center in Cadillac, Michigan, USA, March 4, 2016. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty Int'l

Feb 27, 2016 - 5:31 PM

The lack of laws and structures to strengthen human rights contribute to the climate of impunity in the Philippines says Amnesty International

IMPUNITY. While they cite examples of laws and structures in the country to protect human rights, Amnesty International reports cases of abuse where perpetrators were not punished. Image courtesy of Alyssa Arizabal

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Feb 26, 2016 - 12:41 PM

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WATCH: 'Lucky day': Surviving torture during martial law

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:03 PM

About 34 000 were tortured Nearly 3 240 were killed Others lived to retell their ordeal so that the new generation would learn from this dark period of Philippine history

Imelda Marcos sits through Mass for victims of husband's regime

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:39 PM

The widow of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos turns up at the wrong Church service but says it s fine

WRONG SERVICE. Former first lady Imelda Marcos is escorted by her aid after attending mass intended for martial law victims at the Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law

Feb 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

During the Marcos regime San Juanico Bridge did not just refer to the longest bridge in the country It had a far more sinister meaning

The wRap Indonesia: Justice for mass killing victims, Rohingya rape allegations

Oct 01, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Indonesia commemorates 50 years since the events that triggered mass killings against communists Rohingya women accuse Aceh men of sexually abusing them and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

PERSECUTION. Rohingyas persecuted in Myanmar have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety. File photo by EPA

Clubbed to death, blowtorched: Indonesia’s dog-eating culture

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Yanked by their necks dogs are clubbed on the head until they are unconscious before they are thrown to the floor and blowtorched to death Other dogs are still moving while they are being burned alive

DOG TORTURE. Dogs are clubbed to death before being blowtorched in Indonesia where dog meat is considered a delicacy. Screenshot from video

#NeverAgain: Martial Law stories young people need to hear

Sep 23, 2015 - 3:26 PM

It s convenient to look at the past with rose colored glasses instead of with memories of needles in your nail beds electric wires attached to your genitals and the barrel of a gun thrust inside your mouth

Aquino's 'silence' on human rights adds 'insult to injury'

Jul 28, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Human rights problems have largely been ignored since President Aquino took office in 2010 says a Human Rights Watch dispatch

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his 6th and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) during the Joint Session of the 16th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on Monday (July 27, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Animal cruelty video angers netizens

Jul 06, 2015 - 2:23 PM

A disturbing video showing cruelty to an animal enrages netizens But no one knows who the maker of the video is

Half believe CIA interrogation methods justified –poll

Dec 16, 2014 - 8:39 AM

More than half 56 percent believe the intelligence gathered from those methods prevented terrorist attacks found a Pew Research survey

Critics, defenders clash over US 'torture report'

Dec 15, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Defenders and critics of the CIA clash over the release of a US report that revealed harrowing details of America s torture of war on terror detainees

A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

British MPs want access to redacted parts of CIA torture report

Dec 14, 2014 - 6:57 PM

The news comes amid growing questions in Britain about whether its intelligence services made use of information extracted by the CIA using brutal and unauthorized tactics in the years after the 9 11 attacks

The Palace of Westminister, July 2008. Mgimelfarb/Wikipedia

CIA revelations put UK spies under scrutiny

Dec 12, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Britain was Washington s closest partner in the War on Terror and questions about British involvement in abuses have rankled for years

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

CIA chief defends agency, but admits 'abhorrent' abuses

Dec 12, 2014 - 7:34 AM

Brennan says the torture came amid fear of another wave of violence from Al Qaeda after the September 11 2001 attacks

REPORT. A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

CIA torture report little comfort to Pakistani detainees

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:45 PM

Former inmate Kamil Shah tells Agence France Presse that the report which has triggered worldwide condemnation was little comfort for the 5 years he spent in Bagram once dubbed the Afghan Guantanamo Bay

DECLASSIFIED. A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

US torture report 'full of crap' – Dick Cheney

Dec 11, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Cheney who was vice president under George W Bush when the brutal enhanced interrogation techniques were used says the program was entirely justified

US Vice President Dick Cheney in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday 20 March 2002. Tarik Tinazay/Pool/EPA

CIA torture report: Global outrage, calls for justice

Dec 11, 2014 - 6:45 AM

That US interrogators tortured Al Qaeda suspects in secret jails is known but a detailed Senate report into the scandal is seized upon by America s shocked friends and gloating enemies alike

DECLASSIFIED. A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

Poland 'pressured' US into ending CIA torture – former president

Dec 10, 2014 - 8:25 PM

I told then US president George W Bush that this cooperation must end and it did end says former president Aleksander Kwasniewski

File photo of former President to the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski speaking onstage at the 2014 Concordia Summit by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

CIA torture report: UN, rights groups demand prosecutions

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:36 AM

UPDATED But the US Justice Department rejects pursuing charges against anyone involved in the interrogations saying it has not found anything in the scathing heavily detailed report that could lead to a successful conviction

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

Exposed: CIA's brutal, chilling torture methods

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:01 AM

The shocking report released by the US Senate finds that the techniques employed by the Central Intelligence Agency are far more brutal than the spy agency previously admitted to

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

US Senate report: CIA torture brutal, ineffective

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED CIA torture of Al Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged did not produce useful intelligence and was so poorly managed it lost track of detainees a scathing US Senate report reveals

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

Fears of backlash as US to release CIA torture report

Dec 09, 2014 - 1:35 PM

While heavily redacted the report is expected to be a damning indictment of a secret program under the administration of former president George W Bush to question dozens of detainees

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP