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2012-01-12 06:55:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week The Pen, writer and director of "The Last War Crime" movie, appealed for a mobilization to protest YouTube's censorship of the preview waterboarding scene from this soon to be officially released feature film. YouTube's purported excuse for banning the video was they claimed it contained "nudity, pornography, or other sexually provocative content." Pen now reports that in response to more than 7,000 personal protest messages YouTube has...

2012-01-03 12:27:13

Use of torture around the world has not diminished but the techniques used have grown more complex and sophisticated, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. The study suggests that these emerging forms of torture, which include various types of rape, bestiality and witnessing violent acts, are experienced by people seeking asylum in the UK. In many cases the techniques cause no visible effect but are responsible for a variety of serious mental health problems....

2011-12-20 17:06:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The European Commission decided today to extend the list of goods subject to export controls, to prevent their use for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. As of today, trade of certain anesthetics, such as sodium thiopental, which can be used in lethal injections, to countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty, will be tightly controlled. Furthermore, the scope of the...

2011-10-18 12:54:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Felice Gaer has been reelected today to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) for an unprecedented fourth four-year term. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Geneva-based committee. Gaer is director of AJC's Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "Global recognition of Felice Gaer's expertise in, and dedication to, advancing human rights...

2011-08-13 00:00:30

On the 62nd anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the Global Justice Center leads a consortium of human rights groups in urging the President to lift abortion restrictions on all US humanitarian aid for victims of rape in armed conflict. New York, NY (PRWEB) August 12, 2011 Thousands of girls and women raped and impregnated in armed conflict are routinely denied abortions imposing additional suffering on these victims. This can be largely attributed to the abortion restrictions the US...

2011-05-18 12:46:00

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, N.Y., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Prison Ministry of The Riverside Church will host a coalition of formerly incarcerated New Yorkers and Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness for a discussion exploring issues of mass incarceration on Saturday, May 21, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the historic Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights....

2011-05-09 21:40:27

Medical involvement with torture is prohibited by international law and professional associations, and yet sometimes it is the right thing for doctors to do, argue two bioethicists. Their timely paper in the Hastings Center Report comes as news of the trail leading to the death of Osama Bin Laden points to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay who were subject to "enhanced interrogation techniques," which many believe amounted to torture. Despite its prohibition, torture remains widespread in more than...

2011-04-12 08:50:00

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Torture. The United Nations defines it as the "infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering." But how severe is severe? That judgment determines whether or not the law classifies an interrogation practice as torture. Now, a study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, condemns this method of classification as essentially flawed. The reason: the...

2011-04-12 09:00:00

80% of youth ages 12-17 think there should be more education about these rules before they are old enough to vote and enlist in the military WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new American Red Cross survey reveals that only 1 in 5 American youth is familiar with the Geneva Conventions, while 4 in 5 think that the U.S. should better educate young people before they can vote and enlist in the military. These rules protect civilians in conflict zones, allow safe passage...

2011-02-02 13:12:07

University of Montreal study explores why dialogue yields better results than coercion Even the most horrible criminals feel guilt, and according to new research from the University of Montreal, playing on that sentiment might be a good way to extract a confession. In order to gain a better understanding of why and how criminals admit to their crimes, Michel St-Yves, a forensic psychologist and lecturer, and lead author Nadine Deslauriers-Varin, both of the university's School of Criminology,...