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2006-07-19 12:31:18

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Using electric shock, beatings and suffocation, Chicago police tortured criminal suspects into giving confessions during the 1970s and 1980s, the authors of a report said on Wednesday. But the abuse inflicted on suspects by Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge -- who has since been fired, lives in Florida and receives a full pension -- and detectives under his command occurred too long ago to pursue criminally, a four-year investigation concluded. "We have...

2006-07-12 18:21:30

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. military order to apply basic provisions of the Geneva Conventions to terrorism detainees at Guantanamo Bay does not mean they will get the Swiss francs, parcels from home or full protections afforded to recognized prisoners of war, experts said on Wednesday. Nor will it prevent interrogation of suspected al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners -- so long as the questioning is conducted without violence and without humiliating or degrading treatment...

2006-07-11 15:56:59

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has acknowledged for the first time that all detainees held by the U.S. military are covered by an article of the Geneva Conventions that bars inhumane treatment, according to a memo made public on Tuesday. The memo signed by Gordon England, the No. 2 Pentagon official, followed a June 29 Supreme Court ruling that struck down as illegal the military tribunal system set up by the Bush administration to try foreign terrorism suspects...

2006-07-06 05:11:20

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - For two years, European investigators probing alleged CIA abuses in the war on terrorism have been searching for a "smoking gun" and someone to put in the dock. With Wednesday's arrest of two Italian intelligence officials suspected of involvement in the alleged CIA kidnap of a terrorism suspect, they have set out on a new and significant track that could embarrass both Rome and Washington. The two men appear to be the...

2006-06-27 18:04:05

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Women and girls trafficked for forced sexual or domestic work suffer post-traumatic stress on a par with torture victims, researchers said on Wednesday. In one of the first studies of health problems of women who have been trafficked, they found 95 percent had been physically or sexually abused and nearly 40 percent had suicidal thoughts. "This research shows that women who have been trafficked into sex work emerge with very severe pain and...

2006-06-27 09:09:59

By Gilbert Reilhac STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The Council of Europe on Tuesday urged action over a report stating several European countries have colluded with the CIA in a "global spider's web" of secret flights of terrorist suspects. Council investigator Dick Marty called on states to set up "a world legal order, with the United States, but built on sound values, especially those upheld by the Council of Europe." "This is not about condemning someone ... But we want to put an...

2006-06-23 06:16:13

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, taking aim at the U.S.-led war on terrorism, reminded all states on Friday of their duty to ban torture and give all security detainees a fair trial. In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Arbour also voiced concern at the alleged existence of secret detention centers, saying they facilitate abusive treatment. Her remarks -- clearly aimed at the United States and its...

2006-06-13 00:45:00

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association on Monday voted to refine its ethical guidelines that forbid doctors from participating in torture or "coercive" interrogations of prisoners. The action was prompted by unconfirmed allegations that physicians or psychiatrists played roles in harsh interrogations conducted at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The 544-member house of delegates, which sets policy for the leading...

2006-06-07 14:09:24

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - More than 20 mostly European countries colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA jails and flight transfers of terrorist suspects stretching from Asia to Guantanamo Bay, a rights watchdog said on Wednesday. Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty said the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's well-oiled system did not involve torture but amounted to a form of "legal and judicial apartheid" that could exacerbate Muslim anger and spawn new...

2006-06-07 11:56:47

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - More than 20 states colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorist suspects stretching from Central Asia to Guantanamo Bay, a European rights watchdog said in a report on Wednesday. Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty said the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's well-oiled system fell short of torture but amounted to a form of "legal and judicial apartheid" that could exacerbate Muslim anger and spawn new...