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1,966 custodial deaths in India during 2018, India urged to ratify UNCAT

Counter Currents 26 June 2019 New Delhi: The  “Campaign Against Torture in India” while releasing “India: Annual Report on Torture 2018”  on the United Nations Day Against Torture stated that during 2018, a total of 1,966 custodial deaths were reported to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) including 147 deaths in police custody and 1,819 deaths in judicial custody. […]

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UN expresses grave concern about torture by the Taliban

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed grave concern about credible accounts of Taliban subjecting detainees to ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, as well as serious allegations that some detainees were killed. UNAMA’s preliminary findings derive from face-to-face interviews with 13 detainees freed from a Taliban-run detention facility in Uruzgan on […]

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India: Judiciary’s action against torture during April 2019

The Judiciary in India regularly adjudicates cases of illegal, unjustified and unwarranted arrests, extracting confession from innocent persons for offences which they have never committed, by way of custodial violence, which often results in death. Some of the emblematic cases of judicial action during April 2019 are given below: Case 1: Rajasthan High Court directs […]

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UNSR on Torture: The relationship between corruption and torture or ill-treatment

In his report to the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (25 February–22 March 2019), the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment examined the relationship between corruption and torture or ill-treatment, outlined the predominant patterns of interaction between the two phenomena as well as their systemic root causes, […]