PoliticsWhere torture is the "order of the day".

Where torture is the “order of the day”.

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On paper, 173 states ban torture, but most of these countries abuse critics in prison. Experts fear that Julian Assange has also been threatened with torture in the United States.


The tormentors of this world use various means to achieve only one thing – to offend their victims or even to destroy them completely.

Protection is usually only on paper

The United Nations Convention Against Torture, in force since 26 June 1987 and currently ratified by 173 countries, aims to protect people from “acts that deliberately cause great physical or mental pain or suffering to a person”. However, in current reports on the human rights situation, independent aid and human rights organizations complain of a trend towards greater and more brutal suppression of critical voices around the world.

According to Amnesty International, human rights activists, civil society workers, media representatives and members of the opposition are increasingly becoming “the targets of illegal detention, torture and enforced disappearance”.

Torture from China, Russia and the USA

Torture also occurs in many countries where heads of state have legally ratified the UN Convention against Torture; Including countries like Belarus, Syria, South Africa, Egypt and Mexico.

There are other serious examples documented in Amnesty International’s 2021/22 Report:

  • Torture and other ill-treatment in detention in Russia is prosecuted “everyday” and rarely. Instead, people who reported torture and rape in Russian detention centers in 2021 received death threats.
  • The US continues to hold large numbers of Muslim men “arbitrarily and indefinitely” at a US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in violation of international law. According to Amnesty International, detainees do not have access to adequate medical treatment – ​​and “survivors of torture and other ill-treatment by US soldiers have not received adequate rehabilitation”.
  • In China, the government continued its campaign of political brainwashing, mass arbitrary detention, physical and psychological torture, and forced cultural assimilation against the Uighurs. Thousands of Uighur children were separated from their families.

Chinese state abuses Uighurs heavily

According to Amnesty, hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs were held in detention camps and tortured:

Methods of torture used during interrogation and punishment included beatings, electrocution, painful postures, illegal use of shackles, including restraint in a ‘tiger chair’, sleep deprivation, hanging on a wall, extreme cold and solitary confinement.

Amnesty International Report 2021/22

Charity organization “Brot für die Welt”, in collaboration with “Civicus”, a worldwide civic engagement network, also documented that human rights are being attacked like never before in many countries around the world.

The critics are in a ruthless throat

In more and more countries of the world, civil society is under a brutal yoke due to state repression, extreme violence against critics, arbitrary arrests, torture and even murder.

Head of Bread for the World Dagmar Pruin said in countries like China, North Korea, Cuba and Azerbaijan, while “any criticism of the government’s actions is severely punished”, the mistreatment and even killing of activists “often goes unpunished”.

Amnesty International fears US torture of Julian Assange

Human rights organizations are currently demanding that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange not be extradited to the United States. He faces long prison terms there for publishing footage documenting war crimes committed by US soldiers in Iraq.

Amnesty warns that Assange will face serious human rights violations “such as prison conditions, which amount to torture and other ill-treatment” if convicted in the United States.

“A lethal system”

Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture through March 2022, confirms that such fears are valid.

In an interview with the Swiss magazine “Republik”, Melzer lamented a “lethal system” against Assange:

Julian Assange was tortured, tortured himself, and could be tortured to death in the United States.

Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer

Source: ZDF

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