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In Speech on Global Human Rights Abuses, Kerry Attacks Trump

The release of the State Department’s annual report on human rights typically focuses on grotesque abuses and atrocities in far-flung corners of the world. But this year, Secretary of State John Kerry found himself addressing something closer to home: the vigorous endorsement of torture by the leading 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

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Trump Flip-Flops on Promise to Torture Suspects, Kill Families of Terrorists

Donald Trump has changed course on his widely-condemned promise to bring back torture and kill families of terrorists.


How Assad’s Prisoners Die

A new report released by U.N. investigators documents atrocities that took place in Syrian government prisons.


This Tunisian Wants His Nation to Know Its Torturers

Tunisians have never received a public accounting for the crimes of the old dictatorship. Gilbert Naccache says that must change.

Best Defense

I don’t believe a word of what torture advocates say — and neither should you

News sources are reporting that the long-awaited release of the summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s torture program is just days away. Thanks to anonymous sources, we already know some of what this summary will say: “enhanced” interrogation techniques (EITS) yielded little, if any significant intelligence, and the CIA misled the government and the public about both the severity of its methods and this program’s success.


The Mystery of Islam Salah al-Din Atitu

The Cairo university student left home to take a final exam. The next day, he turned up in a city morgue, with marks of torture on his body, and police peddling a suspicious story about how he got there.


Mission Unstoppable

From drone strikes to prison torture, the CIA has been pulling the strings of U.S. foreign policy since 9/11. And if history is a guide, the agency will be calling the shots in the Middle East for years to come.


Watchdogs Say U.S. Turned Blind Eye to Uzbek Abuse

Washington was more focused on securing military aid from Karimov for war in neighboring Afghanistan, human rights advocates say.


Whatever Happened to Bahrain’s Torture Reforms?

Despite promises of change, abuses by police and security services remain commonplace in the kingdom.

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