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Ex-generals hit ‘trial by publicity’

Fugitive Philippine Army Maj.Gen. Jovito Palparan gestures during a news conference at the National Bureau of Investigation following his capture by NBI agents Tuesday, Aug.12, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.  AP

Retired military generals on Friday slammed what they claimed was the “trial by publicity” of retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan following his arrest early this week.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Cainta cop held in Manila for ‘tasing’ his ex-worker


A policeman from Rizal province has been placed in detention by members of the Manila Police District after a Manila resident accused him of abduction, illegal detention and torture that included being shot with a Taser gun.

Posted: August 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

CHR: Torture still widely practiced by police in PH

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

Alfreda Disbarro, 32, a single mother and informant, was picked up by police in October last year in Parañaque City and accused of selling and possessing illegal drugs.

Posted: May 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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 »