Torture

Reprieve investigates and challenges the use of torture around the world. We work on cases of torture in police custody and abuses committed in the name of the ‘war on terror’.

Torture is the infliction of severe pain or suffering on a person, often in order to obtain information or a confession, to punish, or to intimidate.

Through evidence-gathering and strategic casework we aim to hold governments and corporations to account for their collusion in rendition, unlawful detention, and torture in the context of the global ‘war on terror’.

We also assist prisoners who have been tortured while facing a potential death sentence, as well as gathering evidence of wider, systematic abuse in countries such as Pakistan and United Arab Emirates.

The torture methods commonly used by police officers and security forces include: severe beatings, waterboarding, electric shocks, mock executions, hooding and isolation, use of stress positions and sexual abuse and the threat of sexual assault.

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