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Blog by Tracy Doig, Head of International Advocacy at Freedom from Torture The routine use of brutal torture in the conflict situations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has previously plenty of attracted outrage and attention. But our new report reveals extensive abuse committed by the government against ordinary citizens, mostly in the capital Kinshasa.
Citizens targeted for engaging in legitimate political activity Rampant abuse, sexual torture and witnessing of killings in detention People detained without charge, denied any due process in official and unofficial sites that operate under system of lawlessness Concern torture practices will intensify ahead of elections in December
The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a new resolution on Sri Lanka: an important step but we need a clear plan.
The Home Affairs Select Committee has published its report on immigration detention. Freedom from Torture responds to the Home Office's "utter failure" to protect vulnerable people, highlighted in the report.   Sonya Sceats, Chief Executive of Freedom from Torture said: “This important report is yet another damning indictment of a failing and punitive immigration detention system which places an impossible burden on people at risk.
Many of the torture survivors we work with are claiming asylum in the UK and are not allowed to work, struggling to live on an asylum allowance of £37.75 a week. Many of them, like Rachel, are only able to buy basic essentials like food, clothes or even a bus ticket to get to the doctor with the support of our Emergency Relief fund.
TO: Member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We, the undersigned Iranian and international human rights organisations, urge your government to support resolution A/HRC/40/L.15 renewing the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, to be tabled during the 40th session of the Human Rights Council.
The Supreme Court's landmark ruling today said that the lower courts were wrong to override conclusions of a medical expert when considering forensic evidence of torture in an asylum case. Freedom from Torture Chief Executive Sonya Sceats, said:
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the lower courts were wrong to override the conclusions of a medical expert when considering forensic evidence of torture in an asylum claim.
Ten years on from the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Freedom from Torture has documented evidence of torture of its Tamil citizens in the context of ongoing security operations. This is despite the Sri Lankan government’s stated ‘zero tolerance’ policy on torture, and commitments to promote human rights when it was elected in 2015.
Ali’s earliest memories of life back home in Afghanistan are happy. But the carefree innocence of his childhood disappeared when men with guns came to his village. Ali and his family belong to the Hazara people, who are often persecuted for their ethnicity and religion. He finds it very difficult to talk about, but our medical experts saw straight away that he was beaten and tortured severely from the terrible scars on his body.