Police in Italy have subjected refugees and migrants to serious ill-treatment, including beatings, electric shocks – and have even used pliers on one man's testicles – to force them to be fingerprinted under an EU-sponsored scheme to process refugees and migrants in the country. In some cases, this treatment may amount to torture.
The UK has failed to check whether training it has provided to Saudi police has contributed to abuses including torture and the death penalty, new research by human rights organisation Reprieve has revealed.
In the run-up to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture this Sunday, the UK charity Freedom from Torture has released an interactive map showing the top ten countries of origin for survivors being referred to it alongside a new report on the needs of torture survivors who are on the move as part of the refugee crisis.
The UN Secretary-General must use a meeting with the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia today (22 June 2016) to call for the release of three Saudi juveniles who face beheading after allegedly attending protests, the human rights organisation Reprieve has said.
The UK College of Policing is teaching the Saudi Arabian interior ministry high-tech forensic skills that risk being “used to identify individuals who later go on to be tortured”, an internal police report obtained by the human rights charity Reprieve reveals.
The United Nations’ expert on torture has condemned the use of the death penalty in countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, saying executions are “tantamount to torture”, and barred by international law.
On the 14th anniversary (11 January) of the first detainees being taken to the now notorious US military detention centre at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, Amnesty International repeated its call for the camp’s closure.