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Kenya: High Court Orders Government to Compensate Torture Victims

(July 26, 2010) On July 21, 2010, Kenya’s High Court awarded 21 individuals KES40 million (about US$490,496), to be paid by the Kenyan government as compensation for torture they suffered at the hands of state security officers during the Daniel Arap Moi regime (1978-2002). (Kenya Torture Victims Hail Court Ruling, KENYA BROADCASTING CORPORATION (July 22, […]

China: Evidence Obtained by Torture to Be Excluded

(June 3, 2010) It was reported in the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST on May 31, 2010, that two new sets of guidelines have been issued by China that limit the use of evidence obtained by torture. The Assessment of Evidence in Death Penalty Cases and the Exclusion of Illegal Evidence in Criminal Cases were jointly […]

Indonesia: Legal Aid Group Reports Torture of Detainees

(Apr. 13, 2010) According to a survey released on April 9, 2010, between 70 and 80% of those detained by the police in Indonesia were the victims of torture while in custody. The survey was done by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YBHI), whose chairman, Patra M. Zen, said that the detainees “suffered from violence […]

Australia: Bill to Prohibit Torture and Abolish the Death Penalty Introduced

(Nov. 23, 2009) On November 19, 2009, Australia’s Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Torture Prohibition and Death Penalty Abolition) Bill 2009 in the Parliament. The bill will create a specific federal offense of torture and ensure that the death penalty cannot be reintroduced in any of Australia’s states and territories in the […]

Uganda: Report Says Torture and Human Sacrifice on the Rise

(Oct. 15, 2009) It was reported on October 12, 2009, that the Ugandan Human Rights Commission (UHRC), an independent body established under the 1995 Constitution whose functions, among other things, include investigating possible human rights violations, released its annual report for the year 2008 showing a rise in torture and human sacrifice. (Josephine Maseruka, Torture […]

Burundi: Torture Criminalized in Revised Code

(June 26, 2009) According to a news report from Burundi dated June 25, 2009, the country has adopted a revised penal code that criminalizes torture. Article 23 of the code states that no one “should be treated in an arbitrary manner by the state or its organs.” The law goes on to say that the […]

Nepal: Supreme Court Orders Formulation of Law Against Torture

(June 5, 2009) It was reported on May 23, 2009, that the Supreme Court of Nepal, in response to a writ petition, has ordered the government to formulate a law against torture, declaring it to be a crime. The order was issued on May 22 by the joint bench of Justices Balaram K.C. and Tahir […]

Denmark: Elimination of Statute of Limitations on Torture

(May 2, 2008) It was reported in the Danish press on May 10, 2008, that Minister of Justice Lene Espersen, bowing to pressure from outside the government, will remove the statute of limitations in the Criminal Code that currently applies not only to specified criminal acts under the code but also to torture, which is […]