Acts of torture

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci addresses the nation as he announced his resignation to face war crimes charges in Kosovo capital Pristina on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Thaci, a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s war for independence, has resigned in order to face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity issued by at a special court based in The Hague, Netherlands. Thaci announced his resignation at a news conference on Thursday. He said he was taking the step “to protect the integrity of the presidency of Kosovo.” (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
November 06, 2020 - 6:52 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Hashim Thaci, who resigned as Kosovo's president to face charges including murder, torture and persecution, will make his first courtroom appearance before a judge at a special court in the Netherlands on Monday, the court announced Friday. Thaci, 52, served as a...
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Hysni Gucati head of the War Veterans Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army looks at a photo of his co-fighter former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Salih Mustafa after news of his arrest, during an interview with The Associated Press, in Pristina, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested as part of a war crimes and crimes against humanity probe stemming from the conflict with Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
September 24, 2020 - 1:35 pm
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested on charges including torture of detainees and the murder of one prisoner held at a compound in Kosovo during the conflict. The Kosovo...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Independent experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body have issued a scathing, in-depth report finding the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responsible for crimes against humanity. The report commissioned last year by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council said the alleged crimes include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture. The findings issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 were based on nearly 3,000 cases, interviews and other evidence. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)
September 16, 2020 - 3:18 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts for the U.N.’s top human rights body accused the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday of crimes against humanity, highlighting grisly cases of torture and killings allegedly carried out by security forces who used techniques like electric...
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Two survivors who did not wish to be identified show their wounds which they said were inflicted by government soldiers in June, in Fada N'gourma town in Burkina Faso Thursday, July 9, 2020. Burkina Faso's military is facing growing accusations that soldiers have tortured and killed civilians accused of aiding Islamic extremists and analysts say the ill-equipped and under-trained army is scrambling to stem the spread of jihadist violence that's ravaging the West African country. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
August 24, 2020 - 3:02 am
FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Huddled on the floor in a dimly lit room, one by one the five men displayed wounds they say were inflicted by government soldiers armed with wooden planks, knives and electric cables. A 30-year-old recounted how a soldier held a cigarette lighter to his face while...
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FILE- In this July 10, 2020, file photo, policemen cordon off the site where Vikas Dubey, a top crime suspect linked to the death of eight policemen was killed near Kanpur, India. Police said Dubey died in an exchange of gunfire when he snatched a revolver from officers while trying to flee after their vehicle overturned on a highway, but rights activists were quick to cast doubt, seeing it as yet another suspicious “encounter.” (AP Photo, File)
August 16, 2020 - 10:34 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — For two and a half minutes the popular Indian radio DJ described in graphic detail what she said was the torture and killing of a father and son in police custody. The father was arrested for flouting coronavirus lockdown rules by keeping his mobile phone shop in southern India...
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August 04, 2020 - 5:50 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s president has labeled the main opposition party “terrorist” and vowed to continue a clampdown in which scores of opposition members and government critics have been arrested and rights groups allege security forces have carried out illegal abductions and torture...
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In this grab taken from video made available by the Netherlands Police on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, a view of a sea container equipped as a torture chamber, in Wouwse Plantage, Netherlands. Dutch police say they have arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist’s chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs. (Netherlands Police via AP)
July 07, 2020 - 12:36 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist's chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a high ranking officer announced...
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Yuliy Boyarshinov, right, and Viktor Filinkov, members of a left-wing group Set (Network) listen a court verdict from inside a glass cage in the Western regional military court in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, June 22, 2020. Members of the left-wing youth group Set (Network) were accused of terrorism, in a case human rights advocates believe to be fabricated and based on testimony elicited by torture. (AP Photo/David Frenkel)
June 22, 2020 - 8:12 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A Russian court convicted two members of a left-wing youth group of terrorism Monday in a case that human rights groups called fabricated and based on coerced testimony. A three-judge panel in the military court in St. Petersburg — in Russia, military courts handle all...
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June 22, 2020 - 4:11 am
BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian man accused of torturing an inmate while working as a doctor at a prison run by military intelligence in his homeland has been arrested in Germany, prosecutors said Monday. The suspect, identified only as Alaa M. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested in the central...
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Zimbabwe opposition activists arrested on accusations of lying that they were abducted make a court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Friday, June 12, 2020. The three opposition activists alleged that they were sexually abused by their abductors, whom they said took them from a police station in May following an anti government protest. Despite being hospitalised at the time, prosecutors charged them with contravening lockdown regulations.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
June 15, 2020 - 11:46 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Three young female opposition activists in Zimbabwe, who charge they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents, were sent back to prison when a court denied them bail on new charges that they lied about their ordeal. The three women were returned to Chikurubi...
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