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We knew we were taking a big risk. Three monks from our village had been imprisoned for protesting, One had died in prison while the others were now in poor health and visibly scarred from torture. But imprisonment was a risk I was willing to take if it meant freedom for Tibetans.
After 3 years of bloody conflict, and a mounting humanitarian crisis, the civil war in Yemen shows no signs of slowing down. Since Marchthe Yemen Civil War has raged at the expense of thousands of lives, with millions of Yemenis facing displacement. The report describes the horrific practices at the Beir Ahmed prison in Aden, located in southern Yemen.
By Dan Jones. Editorial: Where coercion has failed, why not try persuasion? It seems like a noble goal, but on closer inspection it raises a host of questions.
In the middle ages torture was used to extract information, force confessions, punish suspects, frighten opponents, and satisfy personal hatred. Historically, ancient Greeks and Romans used torture for interrogation. Until the second century AD, torture was used only on slaves.
Robyn Wilson meets prisoner Sushil Dasgupta's son, who describes the treacherous treatment and soul-destroying slave work his father was forced to endure during his incarceration. His throat was bone dry. He stopped to ask the guard on duty for a cup of water but instead the overseer raised his whip, bringing it down over and over with a torrent of abuse.
March 25, pm Updated March 25, pm. PARIS — Migrants trying to reach Europe face routine rape and sexual torture throughout their journey — and especially in Libya — with men facing abuse nearly as routinely as women, according to a study based on dozens of interviews with aid workers and migrants. With European Union funding, the Libyan coast guard retrieves migrants from the Mediterranean and returns them to detention centers nominally run by the government, where migrants say the abuse resumes. Smugglers torture migrants and film it to extract ransom payments from their families, and to thin the number of people in their unofficial prisons, according to the study.
Torture was used for such purposes as obtaining from the subject or a third party information  or a confession,  or as punishment for an act an individual had or was suspected of having committed. Torture was widely considered as a gruesome and unethical practice by most cultures in the galaxy. Torture was also utilized by gangsters and criminal organizations; one notable example was the Hutt crime lord Rokkowhose invention and enjoyment of various forms of torture was the stuff of many a con being's nightmare.
Torture from Latin tortus : to twist, to torment is the act of deliberately inflicting severe physical or psychological suffering on someone by another as a punishment or in order to fulfill some desire of the torturer or force some action from the victim. Torture, by definition, is a knowing and intentional act ; deeds which unknowingly or negligently inflict suffering or pain, without a specific intent to do so, are not typically considered torture. Torture has been carried out or sanctioned by individuals, groups, and states throughout history from ancient times to modern day, and forms of torture can vary greatly in duration from only a few minutes to several days or longer.