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Torture


Troops let off the leash to inflict more brutality

04 October 2016
Theresa May pledged this week to “put an end to the industry of vexatious claims” against soldiers under human rights law.

Al-Sweady inquiry clears soldiers - but more torture cases expected

06 January 2015
Allegations that British soldiers murdered Iraqis and mutilated their bodies after a battle in Iraq were rejected by an inquiry at the end of last year.

Former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg speaks out against the West’s torture

06 January 2015
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg has been tortured and hounded by the state, and vilified by the media. He never let it stop him speaking out.

Techniques of terror—the truth about state torture

16 December 2014
Simon Basketter looks at how the US uses torture to punish those who challenge its power—and how the British state has backed it all the way

Britain and the US have always used torture

09 December 2014
The problem wasn’t carrying out torture. It was that releasing a report into torture might increase the chance of terrorism.

Documents show British ministers ordered torture in Northern Ireland

10 June 2014
British government ministers sanctioned the use of torture against prisoners in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s.

What they don't tell you about the ‘Burqa bunker’: Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed was rendered and tortured by Britain

19 November 2013
When Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed sliced off the electronic tag, donned a burqa and slipped away from a London mosque it created headlines.

US force feeds Muslim prisoners on hunger strike in Guantanamo during Ramadan

09 July 2013
The US is refusing to stop the force-feeding of 45 Guantanamo detainees through the annual Muslim fast of Ramadan. The men are among 106 detainees who are on hunger strike in protest at being held in the prison for years without trial. 

People are beginning to demand real change in the US

02 July 2013
Medea Benjamin of the anti-war campaign Codepink says the tide is starting to turn for social justice activists

'Sincere regret' from British government over Mau Mau war torture and promise to compensate victims

11 June 2013
The government agreed on Thursday of last week to compensate Kenyans tortured by the British during the 1950s Mau Mau war.

Mau Mau case - when 'sorry' is the hardest word

11 June 2013
The Foreign Office was quick to clarify last week that the foreign secretary was not making an apology for the British government. 

The Texan firm behind Camp Bastion

04 June 2013
Camp Bastion is the main British base in Afghanistan. It is four miles long and accommodates 28,000 people. It was built in 2006 and is the largest British base built abroad since the Second World War. 

Secret prison shows up Britain's dirty role in war

04 June 2013
The government claims that the military is in Afghanistan to uphold the law. But Ken Olende shows the brutal reality behind Britain’s ‘war on terror’

Rendition - a very British secret

28 May 2013
The “war on terror” led to hundreds of people being flown around the world in secret “rendition” flights to be tortured and imprisoned.

What happened at the battle of Danny Boy?

21 March 2013
A new inquiry is set to reveal the truth about one of Britain's uglier episodes in the occupation of Iraq

Revealed: the brutality of the US reign of terror in Iraq

25 February 2006
Abu Ghraib was no one-off. Simon Assaf reports on the documents that reveal systematic torture by secret US military units in Iraq and elsewhere – and the attempts to cover it up

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