Eleven bodies found in one of Mexico’s most violent regions
02 March 2017 | 1:00 pm
The bodies of nine men and two women, some showing signs of torture, were found in the Mexican state of Veracruz on Wednesday.
4 Mar 2017
President Donald Trump's defence of torture has set a precedent for other countries to follow, even if the US does not act on it, a UN official says.
3 Jun 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has begun returning to Congress copies of a voluminous 2014 report describing the CIA's harsh detention and interrogation programs, U.S. officials said on Friday.
19 Jan 2018
The California couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive in the family's squalid home were charged on Thursday with torture, child abuse and false imprisonment, as prosecutors said the victims were beaten, starved and chained.
27 Mar 2019
An increasing number of refugees are being tortured and raped in Libya, a new study has found. The perpetrators, motivated by greed, sadism and the desire for power, include local European Union partners.
31 May 2019
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has suffered "psychological torture" from a defamation campaign and should not be extradited to the United States where he would face a "politicised show trial", a United Nations human rights investigator said on Friday.
19 Oct 2019
Police in northern Nigeria rescue over 300 young men from an Islamic boarding school where they were chained and sexually abused, the second such operation in a month. The raid comes after some students escaped the school on Sunday and revealed the barbaric conditions they were living in
24 Apr 2020
On April 10, a mutiny broke out in the n° 15 high-security penal colony in Angarsk, 5,000 kilometres east of Moscow. Brutal video footage from the riot was widely leaked on social media, in which inmates call for help. They claim they have slit their wrists to protest against what they call daily physical abuse and humiliation from their guards. The mutiny was followed by a bloody crackdown and since then, NGOs are concerned that several inmates have disappeared. They say the treatment of prisoners in this penal colony is not an isolated case in Russia.
12 Jul 2020
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) says it is engaging the Pakistani authorities to investigate the abduction and torture of a Nigerian man in the country.
5 Sep 2020
Comrade Duch was a Cambodian war criminal sentenced to life in prison and former head of the Khmer Rouge movement. He died serving a life sentence.
12 Sep 2020
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is due to appear in court in London in the latest stage of his legal battle against extradition to the US, where he faces 18 charges and a prison sentence of up to 175 years. Critics say he should be prosecuted, while activists say he should be celebrated for exposing abuses of power by the US government. In this edition of Perspective we speak to Antoine Vey, a member of Assange's European defence team.
30 Dec 2020
After languishing in Libyan prisons, the crews of two Italian fishing boats seized by the Libyan coast guard in September were released just before Christmas. Back home, they tell DW's Jacopo Lentini of their ordeal.
3 Apr 2021
The call for an investigation comes alongside a new UN resolution condemning alleged human rights abuses against anti-government protesters in Belarus even as more people are detained ahead of planned rallies.
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The European Commission is set to present its strategy for a united effort to ensure gas supplies for the coming winter. Meanwhile, the European Council has adopted a plan to ensure gas storage capacity is filled.
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Sports-loving nuns sometimes meet resistance in the church. That doesn't damper the Vatican's female soccer players' enthusiasm.
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War, climate change, hunger, poverty and health will be on the agenda of the G7 summit in Germany. This will be a key opportunity for Chancellor Olaf Scholz to show strong leadership.
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Latvian singer Intars Busulis had millions of fans in Russia and a successful concert career. But he has given all that up now. He is writing pro-peace songs and using social media to try to show Russians what is happening in Ukraine. The move has come at some cost.
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South Africa's small businesses, still reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and squeezed by inflation at a five-year peak, are now taking further strain during the worst power cuts in over two years.
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The remains of Congolese icon Patrice Lumumba, the country's first prime minister, are laid to rest in Kinshasa. Belgium returned a tooth belonging to the murdered independence hero earlier this month. Also, African ministers of education were in Paris on Thursday for a UNESCO summit on tackling the devastating effect that the pandemic has had on education.