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African migrants in Yemen suffering physical, sexual abuse: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has alleged that “Yemeni government officials have tortured, raped, and executed migrants and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa in a detention center” in Yemen. HRW said that ex-detainees informed the organisation that they were kicked, punched and beaten with steel bars and bricks by guards, and also sexually assaulted. They said…

Police accused of employing death squad tactics against drug suspects in Mexico

Mexican government prosecutors have filed charges accusing police in Mexico’s Veracruz state of establishing units that employed death squad-like strategies to kidnap and kill at least 15 people whom they suspected were drug runners and drug cartel informants, the Guardian reported. The indictment has alleged that police in marked patrol cars detained youths but did not…

US Supreme Court ruling means immigrants can be detained indefinitely

The United States’ Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, February 27, that immigration authorities can hold immigrants indefinitely without bond hearings, even if they are permanent legal residents or asylum seekers. The court ruled that immigrants did not have the right to periodic bond hearings, although immigration activists had maintained that immigrants should not be detained…

Imprisoning the Mind, Torturing the Body How India treats its Political Prisoners: Part 1

Through our series on Political Prisoners, we try to look at some of these cases and understand how our situation has been made more drastic by an authoritarian regime in power that has found it befitting to slap student leaders with sedition, as well as some other cases who are struggling since years without any…

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Jharkhand HC Admits Petition on Mass Incarceration of Adivasis & Dalits Youth from oppressed sections of society languishing in jail due to inordinate delays

After several preliminary hearings, the Jharkand HC has admitted the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee [PPSC] on under-trial prisoners in the jails of Jharkhand. Several thousands of them, mostly Adivasi and Dalit youth, who have been languishing in prison because their trials have been deliberately prolonged. If speedy trial had…

UN experts call for action to end arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka

In an announcement, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention “has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country.” In a statement, the Working Group said, “The…

Report outlines crimes against humanity in North Korea’s political prisons

A report by the International Bar Association (IBA) War Crimes Committee, authored by three international judges, and involving interviews with several North Korean defectors, outlines major crimes against humanity committed in the country’s political prisons. According to the IBA’s announcement of the report, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and “other regime officials should be prosecuted…

Can’t press Centre to ratify UN convention on Torture: SC

The Supreme Court said it won’t compel the central government to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture, nor will it direct it to formulate legislation against torture. This move came in a PIL seeking an anti-torture law filed by former Union Law Minister Ashwini Kumar. Justice D. Y. Chandrachud said that “the government has…

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