Category Archives: Torture and Ill-treatment

The Philippines has a dark, open secret

Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, blogs from Manila, as we launch new research revealing that in the Philippines, police torture is routine. President Aquino – whose father was an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in the 1970s and … Continue reading

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Impunity despite Philippines’ landmark Anti-Torture Act

By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General. When a man’s severed head turns up in Manila Bay with three gunshots through the cranium, one would reasonably expect the authorities to fast-track the investigation of such a grisly crime. But justice … Continue reading

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Mexico at a crossroads: More than words needed to avoid lawlessness

By Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took office two years ago, he knew full well the job was a challenging one. Back in 2012, Mexico was already immersed in one of … Continue reading

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Released schoolboys reveal torture, fear and anxiety in IS captivity in Syria

By Noor Al-Bazzaz of Amnesty International’s Syria team Five months to the day after being abducted and held hostage by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), a group of 25 students from Kobani were unexpectedly set free on … Continue reading

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