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Electronic Intifada
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian perspective.
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN Genera...

News Releases

Concern about blogger's condition after second flogging postponed
2015-01-21
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the Saudi authorities have postponed blogger Raif Badawiâ's second session of 50 lashes on medical grounds but is very concerned about his health and urges t...
Decision not file charges in CIA video destruction deals new setback to right to information
2010-11-17
Reporters without Borders
The decision not to file charges against any of the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videos of interrogations in secret CIA prisons has dealt a new blow to the search for truth in a matter of public inte...
EU Fails Human Rights Victims
2009-10-30
Reporters without Borders
The European Union#s decision today to lift the arms embargo against Uzbekistan despite its atrocious human rights record is an unconscionable abdication of responsibility toward Uzbek victims of abus...
Focus on Honduran crisis, Haiti and more in the July-August issue of FOCALPoint: Canada's Spotlight on the Americas
2010-07-07
Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)
This edition draws together analysts, policy-makers and development practitioners to look into current issues in Honduras, Haiti and Central America among others on themes such as democracy, energy, t...
Rights activist arrested over tweet about prison torture
2015-04-10
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns renewed efforts by the Bahraini authorities to censor online information, including leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab's latest arrest on 2 April and attempt...
Solidarity groups denounce Dershowitz appearance in Vancouver
2010-09-15
Independent Jewish Voices
Groups criticize Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver for inviting Dershowitz as fundraiser
Sources welcomes Omar Ha-Redeye
2009-01-30
Omar Ha-Redeye
Sources welcomes a new member: Omar Ha-Redeye. Omar Ha-Redeye is frequently interviewed by the media on subjects relating to health, security, law, politics, social media, disasters, minority rights a...
We are NOT the 'Story', It's Not Just Our 21 Kidnapped Passengers
2009-07-01
FreeGaza
On June 30th 2009 Israeli Occupation Forces forcibly boarded the Free Gaza boat, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, and kidnapped 21 human rights workers and journalists who were on their way to deliver much needed ...
Well-known Syrian cartoonist died in detention after being tortured
2015-09-24
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is stunned to learn that well-known Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan died in detention in 2013, less than a year after his arrest in October 2012, and that his death was almost...

Sources Select Resources

The American Way of Torture
The Rule of Law Went and Never Returned
Cockburn, Alexander ; St. Clair, Jeffrey
Article
2013
Counter Punch
Torture is now solidly installed in America’s repressive arsenal, vigorously applauded by prominent politicians.
Bloggers Name and Shame Torturers in Egypt
McGrath, Cam
Article
2009
IPS
Egyptian bloggers use the Internet to expose police abuse and torture.
CIA rendition: more than a quarter of countries 'offered covert support'
Cobain, Ian
Article
2013
The Guardian
Report finds at least 54 countries co-operated with global kidnap, detention and torture operation mounted after 9/11 attacks.
CIA Torture Architect Breaks Silence to Defend 'Enhanced Interrogation'
Leopold, Jason
Article
2014
The Guardian
The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the...
CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison
Mclaughlin, Jenna
Article
2015
The Intercept
Over 60 inmates at New York's Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.
CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison
McLaughlin, Jenna
Article
2015
The Intercept
Over 60 inmates at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.
The CIA's Memory Prison
A Perverse Logic
Sottile, J.P.
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The U.S. government has ruled that the prisoners kidnapped and tortured by the U.S. cannot talk about their experiences because those experiences are the property of the U.S. government, which has cla...
The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture
What the APA Knew
Eidelson, Roy; Bond, Trudy
Article
2014
CounterPunch
James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are two psychologists who played central roles in designing and implementing the CIA’s torture program. Now we also know how lucrative that work was for Mitchell and Je...
Concern about blogger's condition after second flogging postponed
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the Saudi authorities have postponed blogger Raif Badawiâ's second session of 50 lashes on medical grounds but is very concerned about his health and urges t...
Decision not file charges in CIA video destruction deals new setback to right to information
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
The decision not to file charges against any of the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videos of interrogations in secret CIA prisons has dealt a new blow to the search for truth in a matter of public inte...
Fascism, American-Style
One-Step from the Third Reich?
Stanton, John
Article
2014
CounterPunch
Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including the ability to financiall...
Guatemala 1962 to 1980s
Blum, William
Article
Common Courage Press
An account of the United States' repeated intereventions in Guatemala.
The Humiliation of Bradley Manning
Kangaroos Missing
McGovern, Ray
Article
2012
CounterPunch
It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel...
An Interview With Noam Chomsky on Obama's Human Rights Record
Nothing Can Justify Torture
Bailey, Eric
Article
2012
CounterPunch
America's human rights record under the administration of President Obama and the military intervention policies that have seen increased use during the Arab Spring.
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
Connexions Information Sharing Services
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
Israeli torture of Palestinian children 'institutional'
White, Ben
Article
2017
Al Jazeera
Investigation of the practice of torture by Shin Bet interrogators, revealing the practice as systematic.
The Logic of Torture
It's About Domination, Not Intelligence
Sparrow, Jeff
Article
2014
CounterPunch
Torture seems to have been as bureaucratic as any other government program, with the interrogators more obsessed about memos and ass covering and obscure turf wars than stopping the progress of tickin...
The mass graves of Kashmir
India's dirty war unmasked
Scott-Clark, Cathy
Article
2012
The Guardian
For 22 years this contested region has endured a regime of torture and disappeared civilians. Now a local laywer is discovering their unmarked graves and challenging India's abuses.
One Thousand Years of Solitude
Life in the SHU
Mariner, Joanne
Article
2012
CounterPunch
Indefinite solitary confinement: a large-scale experiment in sensory deprivation and social isolation.
Police Torture and the Real Militarization of Society
Martinot, Steve
Article
2015
Counter Punch
What rights can we still say we have, if we find ourselves trapped in a military structure? A person has the right to remain silent if arrested, but one does not have the right to remain silent if app...
Predicting Torture
The PATRIOT Act, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange
Van Bergen, Jennifer
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Bradley Manning is charged with leaking classified documents to Wikileaks and faces a court martial. The conditions of his confinement are extreme, and amount to torture.
Proposed Torture Ban Includes New Transparency and Oversight Mechanisms
Sacks, Sam
Article
2015
The Intercept
The US senate has approved the ban for government torture. Along with this move, they have also implemented transparency and oversight policies into government agencies like the NSA and FBI.
Questions for the APA Board Regarding Claims in James Risen's Book "Pay Any Price"
Colluding With the CIA on Torture?
Coalition for ethical psychology
Article
2014
Counterpunch
In his new book Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, James Risen, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter, documents apparent collaboration between (American Psychological Ass...
Rendition ordeal raises new questions about secret trials
Fatima Bouchar's story reveals involvement of the British government
Cobain, Ian
Article
2012
The Guardian
Investigative reporting on the rendition (initiated by British intelligence officers) of Libyian Islamist militants who sought to oust Muammar Gaddafi.
The Representation of Torture in the 'War on Terror'
Watts, Josh
Article
2013
News Unspun
A nation cannot claim to act to promote democracy and human rights whilst it kidnaps citizens the world over, places them in secret detention and tortures them.
Revealed: Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centres
Mahmood, Mona; O'Kane, Maggie; Madlena, Chavala; Smith, Teresa
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the "dirty wars" in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurg...
Rights activist arrested over tweet about prison torture
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns renewed efforts by the Bahraini authorities to censor online information, including leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab's latest arrest on 2 April and attempt...
10 most shocking facts we found in CIA torture report
Article
2014
RT.com
The so-called "torture report" released by the U.S. Senate this week contains only a fraction of the findings on how the CIA aimed to gather intelligence from detainees through interrogation. Still, i...
Torture, Democracy and Memory in Argentina
No Sugarplums for Christmas
Gonzalez, Celilia
Article
2014
CounterPunch
Torture Report Reveals CIA's Manipulation of US Media
Agency Used Classified Information As Currency For Deception
Conroy, Bill
Article
2014
Narcosphere
In essence, the CIA operated as a propaganda machine, utilizing classified information as part of a larger effort to deceive the American public about the shortcomings of its torture program.
Torture: Thou shalt not bear honest witness
Rohricht, Alyssa
Article
2014
The Ecologist
To date, only one person has been jailed in connection to the US torture program - the man who blew the whistle. His sentence must now be quashed and this true American hero set free and compensated.
The Torturer as Feminist: From Abu Ghraib to Zero Dark Thirty
Cornell, Matt
Article
2013
How “feminism” is used in service of the American empire.
Torturing and Jailing Palestinian Children
Nightmare in the Occupied Territories
Abbas, Ziad
Article
2013
CounterPunch
About 500-700 children are arrested by the Israeli occupation every year, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine. These children face a policy designed to kill their spirit and shut...
The United States and Torture
We Tortured Some People and Probably Still Are....
Blum, William
Article
2014
CounterPunch
Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked upon as exceedingly immoral and unlawful, even uncivilized. Si...
Uruguay 1964-1970
Blum, William
Article
1995
Common Courage Press
An account of American involvement in torture and counter-insurgency in Uruguay.
Wikileaks, the US, Sweden and Devil's Island
The Anti-Empire Report
Blum, William
Article
2011
CounterPunch

Sources Bookshelf

The Torture Report
What the Documents Say About America's Post-9/11 Torture Program
Siems, Larry
Book
2012
Sometimes the truth is buried in front of us. That is the case with more than 140,000 government documents relating to abuse of prisoners by U.S. forces during the "war on terror," brought to light by...


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