Leaked video purports to show Houthis torturing Yemeni activist

Monday, 14 May 2018

A video leaked by a member of the Houthi militia and circulated by Yemeni activists on Sunday showed Houthis torturing a man in a basement. According to activists, the Houthi member leaked the video for money. The leaked video shows the torture of political activist Jamal al-Maamari who was held by the Houthis for three years before he was recently arrested in a prisoner exchange deal. Maamari is now paralyzed. The video showing Maamari’s torture was shot in the basement of Vice ...

CIA nominee Gina Haspel to vow not to restart torture program

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, will pledge Wednesday to prevent the restart of the 2002-2005 interrogation program that saw detainees tortured.The three-decade veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency's covert operations is facing opposition over her role at a secret CIA prison in Thailand in 2002 where Al-Qaeda detainees were waterboarded."I understand that what many people around the country want to know about are my views on CIA's former detention and ...

From streets to torture factory: Plight of protesters in Iran

Friday, 23 February 2018

When you enter the streets to protest against the government in Iran, you know exactly what to expect should you get caught. But through sheer desperation, thousands have been forced to take to the streets, with a large number known to have paid a terrible price. With thousands having been arrested during the latest unrest in Iran, many have completely disappeared while in custody, while others are claimed by authorities to have taken their own lives. Out on the streets, where protesters openly ...

Number of torture deaths following Iran protests rises to 11

Monday, 5 February 2018

Another Iranian protestor, Khalid Kayseri, who served 20 days in detention in Kermanshah prison died after being tortured by the intelligence service there, Iranian human rights groups have reported. This brings the number of demonstrators who have died in Iranian prisons to 11 since the start of the uprising on December 28. The campaign ‘No Arrests and Executions’ said on their website that the Kurdish citizen was killed last Saturday, after being tortured and held in a secret ...

Reports suggest youth arrested, tortured to death during recent Iran uprising

Friday, 19 January 2018

Two more Iranians have been identified as having been killed under torture by authorities in Arak and Sanandaj during the recent uprising. The body of 20-year-old Seyed Shahab Abtahi was left in front of his father’s house 10 days after he was arrested in Arak. Signs of the baton blows were visible on his body. Earlier, 22-year-old street vendor Vahid Heidari was killed by baton blows while he was detained. The police of Markazi Province falsely alleged that Heidari had been arrested on ...

Police baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings in California home

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents’ squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under “horrific” conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb. The grim situation was discovered on Sunday after an emaciated 17-year-old girl escaped through a window of the home in a newer subdivision of Perris, about 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, and called 911, police said. “I wish I could ...

The grim repeat of torture, deaths in Iranian prisons after protests

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Hardly anyone outside Iran doubts the difference between the present protests unfolding in Iran and the previous ones in the country. The closest in the way of comparison is the 2009 uprising. In the present instance, what started as protests for “bread” quickly spread across 141 cities of Iran and engulfed all of its 31 provinces. According to a classified report obtained by Iranian opposition, People Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from sources in the regime, 35 percent ...

Wife of Palestinian-Syrian activist confirms his execution in Facebook post

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The wife of a well-known Syrian activist, who was also a programmer, has described the circumstances of her husband’s death in a Facebook post after confirming that he was executed by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Damascus. Noura Ghazi Safadi, wife of the Syrian-Palestinian programmer Bassel Khartbail Safadi, said that she confirmed the news of the death sentence and execution of her husband days after he was transferred from Adra prison in October 2015. “His end was worthy of a hero ...

700,000 documents highlight appalling tortures in Assad’s prisons

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A new documentary film shed light on hundreds of thousands of documents and evidence that exposes widespread torture and murder of Syrian detainees by Bashar al Assad’s regime. Through a secret network, the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), an independent group of legal experts, has managed to smuggle more than 700,000 pages of Syrian intelligence and security archives. Criminal investigators have built a case documenting the gruesome torture and murder of ...

Justice catches up with a CIA agent

Monday, 27 February 2017

Here’s a blast from the past, reminding us of the days when the CIA ran amuck with its ‘extraordinary rendition’ program: Earlier this week, Portuguese authorities detained Sabrina de Sousa, a former CIA officer ordered to be extradited to Italy where she faces four years in prison. De Sousa, who is now 61, is accused of taking part in the kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect in Milan 14 years ago. She was one of 26 Americans convicted by Italian courts in absentia for the ...

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