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Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police

In this Monday, April 7, 2014 photo released by Xiang Li, Chinese rights lawyers, from left, Wang Cheng, Jiang Tianyong and Tang Jitian sit on a sofa at a restaurant in Beijing. Wang, Jiang and Tang are among a group of four Chinese rights lawyers who allege they were tortured by police after being rounded up in late March outside a detention center in a farming community on the northeastern edge of China. They had joined several people in shouting to demand information about relatives believed locked up inside because they were members of Falun Gong - banned as a cult though they claim to be a peaceful spiritual movement. (AP Photo/Xiang Li)

His head covered in a black hood, lawyer Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In China, brutality yields confession of graft

In this Jan. 20, 2014 photo, Zhou Wangyan, head of the Liling city land resources bureau, uses crutches to stand near a computer displaying an image of him after his release from Communist Party detention in January 2013, during an interview at his home in Liling in central China's Hunan province. AP

The local Chinese official remembers the panic he felt in Room 109. He had refused to confess to bribery he says he didn’t commit, and his Communist Party interrogators were forcing his legs apart.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Father arrested for killing ‘evil child’–report


A 30-year old Nigerian father was arrested after he beat his son to death because he was a “child of evil”, the International Business Times said.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

PNP starts inspection of police detention cells in wake of torture case

PAIN MACHINE.  Detainees—mostly suspected drug traffickers—are forced to spin this wheel of torture.  For example, “20 seconds Manny Pacman” means 20 seconds of nonstop punches.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/CHR

Lock-up cells and detention facilities in all Philippine National Police offices will have to undergo regular inspections as the police started establishing an inventory and accounting of all prisoners.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PNP set to charge ‘wheel of torture’ cops

PAIN MACHINE.  Detainees—mostly suspected drug traffickers—are forced to spin this wheel of torture.  For example, “20 seconds Manny Pacman” means 20 seconds of nonstop punches.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/CHR

The Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) police have found probable cause to file charges against the 10 policemen and their two commanding officers involved in the alleged maltreatment of crime suspects in a secret detention facility in Biñan City.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Laguna police, intelligence chiefs sacked over ‘torture’ reports

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The head of the Laguna police and the chief of the police intelligence branch (PIB) in the same province were relieved of their posts, following allegations of torture and maltreatment of police detainees in an unauthorized detention facility in Biñan City, Laguna.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

In the Know: Anti-Torture Act of 2009

In November 2009, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act No. 9745, or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, which penalizes physical acts by persons in authority or their agents that cause “severe pain, exhaustion, disability or dysfunction” on detainees as well as mental or psychological acts “calculated to affect or confuse the mind or undermine a person’s dignity and morale.”

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

14 more sue 10 Biñan cops over ‘wheel of torture’ game

Commission on Human Rights Chairwoman Loretta Ann Rosales. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Fourteen more detainees who claimed to be victims of the so-called Wheel of Torture game in a police camp in Biñan, Laguna, have come forward to file complaints against 10 relieved policemen of Biñan, Laguna, who were allegedly behind the crime.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Wheel of torture: 10 cops relieved

PAIN MACHINE.  Detainees—mostly suspected drug traffickers—are forced to spin this wheel of torture.  For example, “20 seconds Manny Pacman” means 20 seconds of nonstop punches.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/CHR

Ten Philippine National Police officers have been sacked following revelations they played a so-called “wheel of torture” game at a secret detention facility to extract information from criminal suspects and also to have fun, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said on Tuesday.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

KMU: Activists may have been victims of police ‘torture roulette’ in Laguna

Jessa Villeno, daughter of missing activist Ben Villeno, speaks at a protest rally on Human Rights Day. Rights group Karapatan says Villeno is the fourth and latest victim of enforced disappearance in Southern Tagalog under the Aquino administration. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) on Sunday asked the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to further look into the so-called torture chamber in Biñan, Laguna run by the provincial intelligence branch (PIB) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

CA to Manila cop in ‘torture video’: Off to prison


For not showing up during the promulgation of his robbery case in 2012, a dismissed Manila police officer had lost his right to appeal his conviction and was ordered by the Court of Appeals to start serving his prison sentence.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Security guard mistaken for NPA rebel to file torture raps

New People's Army  FILE PHOTO

A security guard who was mistaken to be a New People’s Army leader has filed criminal cases against his military and police captors for allegedly torturing him.

Posted: September 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘No justifying arrest, torture of Morong 43’

A file photo showing one of the 43 health workers arrested by the military in a raid in Morong, Rizal, thrusting a clenched fist as they are boarding their bus on their way to Camp Capinpin Detention facility in Tanay, Rizal. INQUIRER PHOTO

The human rights group Karapatan on Sunday scored the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for justifying the arrest and torture of a group of health workers known as the “Morong 43” after one of its members was reportedly killed and identified as a New People’s Army (NPA) fighter.

Posted: August 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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