Posts Tagged ‘torture’

AP | Diaa Hadid | June 6, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — A series of NATO airstrikes targeted sites around Tripoli early Monday as increasingly frequent attacks raised pressure on Moammar Gadhafi’s beleaguered regime.

The overnight strikes appeared to target sites on Tripoli’s outskirts. It wasn’t immediately clear what they targeted — Libyan government officials were not available for comment. They followed pounding explosions that shook Tripoli on Sunday. (more…)

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By AsiaNews


Kathmandu (AsiaNews) – Summary executions and the use of torture in prisons in the region of the Terai (southern Nepal) a hotbed of ethnic conflict, are on the increase. The Human Rights organization Advocacy Forum (AF) in a 93-page report released yesterday documents the repeated violence – murders, rapes, kidnappings, torture – carried out between January and September 2009 by police and armed forces againstethnic minorities in the region. (more…)

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DATU PIANG, Philippines, May 29 (Reuters) – Sahid Makmud was waiting for a Red Cross truck, which delivered food for hundreds of displaced families in the southern Philippines, when armed men in military uniform took him and two others away.

For almost a week, his pregnant wife and younger brother searched for him without success at army bases in Maguindanao province on the southern island of Mindanao. The army denied any knowledge about Makmud’s disappearance.

Makmud’s body was eventually found on the edge of marshlands not far from his home.

Residents said his killing, and the likely death of the other two men, are part of a growing pattern of human rights abuses in the region. They blame the army for the wrongdoings

“There were signs that he (Makmud) was tortured to death,” said his brother, Saudi. (more…)

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By Agence France-Presse

The most common cause of death for civilians in the first five years of the Iraq war was execution after being kidnapped, according to a report published Wednesday by an independent casualties monitor.

Iraq Body Count (IBC), a group supported by researchers from the United States and Britain, said that such killings accounted for 33 percent of all civilian deaths in the five years after the 2003 US-led invasion.


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