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* Annual Report on Conditions in Prisons and Detention Centers in Iraq, 2008
[Arabic]
The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights released its annual report on jails and detention centers for the year 2008, highlighting some negative aspects and expressing hope for more human rights gains in 2010. The report highlights legal developments that have been undertaken to defend the rights of prisoners and detainees. It presents solutions for several problems in accordance with human rights principles and international laws.
 
* Hope and Fear: Human Rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
[English]
This report details a wide range of human rights violations committed in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in recent years. In particular, it sheds light on violations such as arbitrary and prolonged detention without charge or trial, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, the death penalty, unfair trials, discrimination and violence against women, and attacks on freedom of expression. It includes case studies to illustrate these abuses and numerous recommendations towards reducing such violations.
 
* Report submitted by the National Centre for Human Rights To Committee Against Torture, 44th Session
[English]
Report submitted by the National Centre for Human Rights To Committee Against Torture, 44th Session In response to some queries put forward by the Committee to Jordan about the second, third and fourth periodic reports on implementation of United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
 
* Caught in the Whirlwind: Torture and Denial of Due Process by the Kurdistan Security Forces
[English][Arabic]
This report details Human Rights Watch’s concerns regarding the right to due process and conditions of detention for persons held in the custody of the Asayish. The report is based on research conducted in the Kurdistan region from April to October 2006.
 
* Monitoring Places of Detention – A Practical Guide
[English][Arabic]
The guide is prepared for dealing with monitoring of any place of incarceration, with special focus on prisons and police stations. The book was published in English by the Association for the Prevention of Torture and translated into Arabic by UNDP-POGAR.
 
* A Face and a Name: Civilian Victims of Insurgent Groups in Iraq
[English]
This report aims to give the civilian victims of these attacks a face and a name. Through victim and witness testimony, it documents some of the crimes committed against civilians by insurgent groups, and addresses the arguments these groups and their supporters use to justify unlawful attacks.
 
* Black Hole: The Fate of Islamists Rendered to Egypt
[English]
This report describes the cases of five Egyptian Islamist Activists, which highlight different illegal measures governments have used to apprehend and hold them in detention as alleged militants.
 
* Egypt: Mass Arrests and Torture in Sinai
[English][Arabic]
This report investigates the torture and ill-treatment that many detainees, suspiciously arrested and detained after the explosions in the tourist town of Taba in the Gulf of Sinai, have suffered from. It provides recommendations to the Government, the People’s Assembly, the Shura Council and the international donor community for improving the situation.
 
* Ensuring the Effective Participation of Victims Before the International Criminal Court
[English]
This report aims to draw attention to the key challenges that the International Criminal Court faces in making operational an effective system for legal representation for victims and provides a number of comments and recommendations.
 
* Entrenching Impunity: Government Responsibility for International Crimes in Darfur
[English][Arabic]
This report examines the legal responsibility of senior and mid-level civilian and military officials for serious international crimes committed in Darfur. It looks at how the Sudanese leadership in Khartoum has used the security forces and informal networks of political and ethnic groups to implement a policy of crimes against humanity and war crimes against civilians of the same ethnicity as rebel groups.
 
* Getting Away with Torture? Command Responsibility for the U.S. Abuse of Detainees
[English]
This report shows evidence that high-ranking U.S. civilian and military leaders — including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, formerly the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Major General Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — made decisions and issued policies that facilitated serious and widespread violations of the law and abuse of detainees.
 
* Healing the Hurt: A Guide for Developing Services for Torture Survivors
[English]
This publication is a multidisciplinary guide that addresses some basic considerations when working with torture survivors. It presents options for providers along a continuum of services, from implementing a helpful service component to developing a full-service torture rehabilitation program.
 
* Helping Refugee Trauma Survivors in the Primary Care Setting
[English]
This is a clinical resource that is meant for primary health care providers working with refugees or other survivors of war trauma and torture to help them ease refugees’ suffering and help them to begin the process of healing.
 
* Leadership Failure: Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division
[English]
This report, which includes American soldiers' first-hand accounts, shows how the administration's refusal to insist on adherence to a lawful, long-recognized, and well-defined standard of treatment contributed to the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib Prison, and many other similar detention centers.
 
* National and International Remedies for Torture: A Handbook for Sudanese Lawyers
[English][Arabic]
This handbook suggests a series of practical ways in which lawyers and others may meet the numerous challenges within the local justice system to access civil and criminal remedies, including legal and practical obstacles in the investigation and prosecution of torture cases and other legal impediments to the resolution of torture cases.
 
* Sudan Organisation Against Torture - Annual Report on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan
[English]
This report identifies significant human rights issues in Sudan, drawing on events through March 2004 – March 2005. It is intended to provide detailed information on the human rights situation over the past year and it provides comprehensive recommendations for the government of Sudan, rebel opposition groups within the country and the international community.
 
* Targeting the Fur: Mass Killings in Darfur
[English]
This paper discusses the grave atrocities committed against the Fur populations in Darfur; mass executions, detention, and torture are some of the ethnic cleansing crimes committed against them. It calls for immediate action to put an end to such crimes including- but no limited to- an increased international presence in the rural areas of Darfur and international prosecutions for those responsible for these crimes.
 
* The New Iraq? Torture and Ill-treatment of Detainees in Iraqi Custody
[English][Arabic]
This report details serious and widespread human rights violations by Iraqi police against national security suspects, including insurgents, and suspected common criminals since late 2003. As of mid-2004, Iraqi intelligence forces also committed serious violations, principally against members of political parties deemed to constitute a threat to state security.
 
* Together Against Torture: Global Report on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2005
[English]
This report aims to present the activities of an international movement, which, on the 26 of June 2005, gathered together to stop to the use of torture and other forms of ill treatment and to pay respect to the hundreds of thousands of victims.
 
* Torture: Stories of Survival
[English]
This book is based on an exhibition titled “Torture: Stories of Survival” that aimed to challenge the preconceptions that torture is an unthinkable event, affecting a minority of persons exposed to extreme political regimes “ far away” .
 
* Association for the Prevention of Torture's Guidelines for National Non-Governmental Organizations on Alternative Reporting to United Nations Treaty Bodies, including the Committee Against Torture
[English]
These guidelines aim to facilitate the elaboration of documents, which are intended to influence the reporting process of treaty bodies. The use of these guidelines can make it easier to achieve effective reports.
 
* Country Report on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan
[English]
This report contains information and findings of that are based on information collected and verified by Sudanese Organization against Torture's human rights monitors, in the fields in different parts of Sudan, between March 2003 and March 2004.
 
* Darfur - The Tragedy Continues: An Update on the Situation of Human Rights in Darfur
[English]
This report provides an update on the situation in Darfur for the period of April through November 2004. It discusses the various human rights violations including the mass killings, rape, displacement and torture that have resulted from the political unrest in Darfur and provides recommendations for improving the situation.
 
* Darfur in Flames: Atrocities in Western Sudan
[English][French]
This report is based on a three-week Human Rights Watch research trip to Chad in February and March 2004. Militias backed by the government of Sudan are committing crimes against humanity in Darfur, western Sudan, in response to a year-long insurgency. The past three months of escalating violence threaten to turn the current human rights and humanitarian crisis into a man-made famine and humanitarian catastrophe.
 
* Egypt's Torture Epidemic
[English][Arabic]
This report discusses the torture and ill treatment of detainees used by officials and security forces in Egypt in order to obtain information, coerce confessions, punish, intimidate, or humiliate them, occasionally leading to death in custody.
 
* Empty Promises: Diplomatic Assurances No Safeguard Against Torture
[English]
This report analyzes the use of diplomatic assurances by governments and commentary on their use from the U.N. system, North America, and the Council of Europe region. It examines cases in which courts have ruled on the adequacy of such assurances, frequently finding that diplomatic assurances are not an effective safeguard against torture.
 
* Empty Promises? Continuing Abuses in Darfur, Sudan
[English]
This report documents and analyzes the ongoing violence and the government’s claims of progress to address the human rights crisis in Darfur in more detail based on recent Human Rights Watch research in Chad and Darfur.
 
* Human Rights and Prisons – A Trainer's Guide on Human Rights Training For Prison Officials
[English][Arabic]
The Manual provides in-depth information about sources, systems and standards of human rights related to the work of prison officials, practical recommendations, topics for discussion, case studies, and checklists.
 
* Human Rights Defenders on the Front Line: Annual report 2004
[English][French]
This 2004 Annual Report discusses the challenges that Human Rights Defenders have been forced to deal with in the past couple of years in the face of the “war against terrorism”. Their task has increased in importance with the rise of social inequalities and violations concomitant with the "security first" principle; yet the values they defend are undergoing constant erosion and their freedom of expression is considerably curtailed.
 
* Human Rights Report on Darfur May 2004 - October 2004
[English]
This report identifies significant human rights issues and violations in Darfur, drawing on events through May 2004 – October 2004. It provides statistical information on the damage that has resulted from the conflict in Darfur along with recommendations to improve this situation.
 
* Human Rights Violations in Syria
[English]
This report was prepared for the Committee for the Defense of Democratic Liberties and Human Rights in Syria (CDF) in order to assist it with the fight against the serious human rights abuses, which include the widespread use of torture and ill-treatment in detention, poor prison conditions, arbitrary arrests, prolonged detention without a trial, and unfair trials before exceptional jurisdictions.
 
* International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims - Annual Report 2004
[English]
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims’ (IRCT) Annual Report 2004 documents the activities carried out by the IRCT to promote and support the rehabilitation of torture victims and to work for the prevention of torture worldwide.
 
* Monitoring Places of Detention: A Practical Guide
[English][Arabic][French]
This guide aims to promote effective domestic visiting bodies, newly established or existing ones, by increasing their professionalism and thus their impact in preventing torture and improving conditions of detention. It provides advice on how to monitor in a manner that enhances effectiveness and gives guidance on issues requiring special attention, such as medical services or protection measures.
 
* Police Reform and Human Rights
[English]
This report identifies several key lessons identifed in the area of succesfful institutional, political and economic development based on restoring law and order, reforming the police services and other important challenges in any post-conflict or crisis.
 
* Razing Rafah: Mass Home Demolitions in the Gaza Strip
[English]
This report documents the many illegal demolitions executed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the extensive destruction from IDF incursions deep inside Rafah in May 2004. It recommends that the Israeli government cease its unlawful demolitions, allow displaced Palestinians to return, pay reparations to victims, pay to repair unlawful damage, and address the emergency needs of the displaced.
 
* Reparation for Torture in Iraq in the Context of Transitional Justice: Ensuring Justice for Victims and Preventing Future Violations
[English][Arabic]
This paper focuses on criminal accountability for violations of human rights in Iraq and international humanitarian law, including torture, other forms of reparation for torture, including compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition, and reform of the law and institutions to allow for reparation and to prevent the recurrence of torture.
 
* Report of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the Treatment by the Coalition Forces of Prisoners of War and Other Protected Persons by the Geneva Conventions in Iraq During Arrest, Internment and Interrogation
[English]
In this report, the International Committee of the Red Cross draws the attention of the Coalition Forces to a number of serious violations of International Humanitarian Law against prisoners of war, civilian internees and other protected persons by the Geneva Conventions in Iraq between March and November 2003.
 
* Road to Abu Ghraib
[English]
This paper discusses the torture and abuse tactics used by the American military in its prisons, such as those that created the scandal of Abu Ghraib and analyzes the elements that lead the Bush administration to allow – and even condone – the use of such tactics under the pretense of human rights protection and the “war against terror”.
 
* State Violence in Morocco: Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture
[English]
This report provides a general overview of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment committed by state officials and deals with torture and inhuman or degrading treatment of women and children respectively.
 
* Submission of the Redress Trust to the Meeting on Bahrain: The House of Lords
[English]
REDRESS presents these submissions to Bahrain in order to contribute to discussions and debate on Decree 56 of 2002, which purports to grant a blanket amnesty to all officials who allegedly perpetrated crimes of torture and other crimes in relation to “offences that endangered or pose a threat to state/national security” under Decree 10 of 2001 and which fell within the jurisdiction of the State Security Court.
 
* Sudan Organisation Against Torture's 2003 Annual Review
[English]
This annual report provides a detailed overview of the organization’s program activities and accomplishments in 2003. This includes rehabilitation and medical treatment efforts, legal aid, training and education, documentation and research, and lobbying and campaigning.
 
* Sudan: One Step Forward, Many Steps Back
[English]
This report highlights, article by article of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, the violations of human rights committed by the authorities.
 
* Taking Complaints of Torture Seriously: Rights of Victims and Responsibility of Authorities
[English][Arabic][French]
This report examines the international legal framework regarding the right to complain of torture and the obligation to investigate, and identifies, analyses and compares how diverse countries have given these norms practical effect.
 
* Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Torture: International Law in the Fight against Terrorism
[English][French]
This report analyses the impact of recent counter-terrorism measures on the practice of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. It explores how the discourse of terrorism is vague enough to allow States to justify almost all governmental actions in terms of national security and by doing so suddenly justify human rights violations, including torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment.
 
* Together Against Torture: Global Report on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2004
[English]
This report aims to present the activities of an international movement, which, on the 26 of June 2004, gathered together to stop to the use of torture and other forms of ill treatment and to pay respect to the hundreds of thousands of victims.
 
* Amnesty International's Briefing to the Committee against Torture on Morocco and Western Sahara
[English]
This report documents two negative developments observed in Morocco /Western Sahara which had a bearing on Morocco's obligations under the Convention against Torture. The first was a sharp rise in the number of reported cases of torture or ill-treatment. The second was the promulgation on 28 May 2003 of a new law on "combating terrorism", which amends the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code by adding new provisions and amending others.
 
* Combating Torture
[English][Arabic][French]
The Fact Sheet #4 (Rev.1) - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
 
* Egypt: Security Forces Abuse of Anti-War Demonstrators
[English]
This report documents serious human rights violations by Egyptian security officials during and following large demonstrations in Cairo on March 20 and 21, 2003 against the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
 
* Flight From Iraq: Attacks on Refugees and Other Foreigners and Their Treatment in Jordan
[English]
This report documents the plight of refugees and other non-nationals in Iraq after the fall of the government of Saddam Hussein on April 11, 2003. It addresses the harassment and physical attacks that prompted refugees and other foreigners to flee Iraq, their reception and conditions inside or near the Jordanian border, gives some background on conditions for refugees and other foreigners inside Iraq before the U.S.-led war began.
 
* International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims
[English]
This report summarizes existing expertise and experience in primarily collective, financial reparation processes, and begins to provide concrete suggestions to the International Criminal Court’s Board of Directors in their task of developing the criteria for some of the Trust Fund for Victims’ operations.
 
* International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims - Annual Report 2003
[English]
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims’ (IRCT) Annual Report 2003 documents the activities carried out by the IRCT to promote and support the rehabilitation of torture victims and to work for the prevention of torture worldwide.
 
* Iraq - The Mass Graves of Al-Mahawil: The Truth Uncovered
[English]
This report attempts to tell the story of the mass graves around al-Hilla. It identifies the victims, the circumstances of their arrest, and their ultimate execution and mass burial.
 
* Off Target: The Conduct of the War and Civilian Casualties in Iraq
[English]
This is the report of a Human Rights Watch mission to Iraq conducted between late April and early June of 2003. It aims to identify and investigate potential violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) by the parties to the conflict and to identify patterns of combat by those parties which may have caused civilian casualties and suffering that could have been avoided if additional precautions had been taken.
 
* Reparation for Torture: A Survey of Law and Practice in Thirty Selected Countries
[English]
The present publication provides a comprehensive account of “The Audit Project: A Survey of the Law and Practice of Reparation for Torture in 30 Countries Worldwide” – a Redress Trust initiative - and contains convincing arguments to capture the pressing problems of the torture victims’ right to redress and reparation.
 
* Strategy Meeting on the Development of Structures and Procedures for Victims at the International Criminal Court
[English]
This report contains the summary of proceedings and final recommendations from a strategy meeting of the Victims Rights Working Group that was held in December 2002 to discuss some of the most pressing concerns of the International Criminal Court in establishing structures and operational procedures for victims falling within its jurisdiction.
 
* Sudan Organisation Against Torture's 2002 Annual Review
[English]
This annual report provides a detailed overview of the organization’s program activities and accomplishments in 2002. This includes projects, legal aid, training and education, documentation and research, and lobbying and campaigning.
 
* Tales from the Dark: Testimonies About the Communist Terror
[English]
This book contains authentic experiences of people who survived the Communist Concentration Camps, forced displacement, exile and depravation of their basic rights. It is a part of the Assistance Center for Rehabilitation of Torture Survivors’ (ACET) efforts to break the silence about the torture and terror under Communism.
 
* Together Against Torture: Global Report on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2003
[English]
This report aims to present the activities of an international movement, which, on the 26 of June 2003, gathered together to stop to the use of torture and other forms of ill treatment and to pay respect to the hundreds of thousands of victims.
 
* Torture in Egypt: Facts and Testimonies
[English]
This report provides facts and testimonies regarding the phenomenon of systematic torture in Egypt. It discusses torture inside police stations, the psychological and physical effects of torture and provides recommendations for improving this situation.
 
* Torture of Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Prisons
[English]
This report attempts to draw from international agreements and conventions concerning torture to compare Israel's applicability of these standards within the context of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). It focuses specifically on the torture of Palestinian prisoners within Israeli prisons, interrogation and detention centers, one of the more serious violations of human rights within the OPT.
 
* Truth and Justice on Hold: the New State Commission on "Disappearances"
[English]
This report discusses and analyzes the Algerian commission designated to investigate the cases of disappearances that occurred during the civil unrest of the 1990s. Although it was established by a presidential decree, its scope and mandate are extremely narrow, limited to the verification of claims and issuance of compensations.
 
* Victims Rights Working Group: Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court
[English]
This document summarizes some of the main issues that were raised in two meetings held by the Victims Rights Working Group in October 2003, as well as by the questions put forward by the International Criminal Court as part of its online public consultation process. It provides a number of concrete suggestions and recommendations on behalf of the Victims Rights Working Group.
 
* World Organization Against Torture - Annual Report 2003
[English]
This 2003 Annual Report covers the organization’s major programme activities, campaigns and accomplishments, key international statistics on torture and a list of publications.
 
* A Guide to Jurisprudence on Torture and Ill-treatment: Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights
[English][French]
This brochure is the first in a series of five publications, which will form a guide to the main jurisprudence in international law concerning torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment. It aims to give an in-depth commentary on the leading jurisprudence and approach taken by the judicial and quasi-judicial bodies.
 
* A Handbook on State Obligations Under the United Nations Convention Against Torture
[English]
This handbook aims to provide easily accessible, yet comprehensive information about the substantive provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to people concerned with the issue of torture.
 
* Annual Human Rights Report
[English]
This report provides an update on the situation in Darfur for the period of March 2001 through March 2002. It discusses the various human rights abuses that took place, focusing on: torture, freedom of expression, persecution of journalists and students, abuse of women, arrest and detention of opposition leaders and political activists, and the crack down on human rights defenders and lawyers that have resulted from the civil war and tribal conflict in Darfur.
 
* International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims - Annual Report 2002
[English]
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims’ (IRCT) Annual Report 2002 documents the activities carried out by the IRCT to promote and support the rehabilitation of torture victims and to work for the prevention of torture worldwide.
 
* Prevention of Torture in Europe: The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture's Modus Operandi
[English][French]
The present brochure, the fourth in a series of ten, aims to describe how the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture functions in the preparation, conduct and follow-up of visits to the countries.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Optional Protocol to the Convention Against torture and Other Cruel and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 2002
[English]
Adopted on 18 December 2002 at the 57th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations by resolution A/RES/57/199.
 
* Center of the Storm: A Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District
[English][Arabic]
This report sets out the obligations of the parties to the conflict in the District of Hebron and documents human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law committed by Israelis and Palestinians in Hebron and the surrounding vicinity since late September 2000.
 
* Combating Torture: A Manual for Action
[English][French]
This manual brings together the standards and recommendations of the United Nations, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and other sources from around the world, as well as Amnesty International’s recommendations, concerning the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. There are chapters on the prohibition of torture under international law, safeguards in custody, conditions of detention, torture in other settings, and overcoming impunity.
 
* Handbook for Working with Refugees Who May be Torture or War Trauma Survivors
[English]
This handbook provides basic content in addressing the implications of torture and war trauma experiences for refugees who are clients or workers, as well as a “starter set” of Twin Cities/metropolitan agency referrals for traumatized refugees that agencies can use in order to supplement their work.
 
* Human Rights Situation in Sudan
[English]
This report provides an update on the situation in Darfur for the period of March 2000 through March 2001. It discusses the various human rights abuses that took place, focusing on: torture, freedom of expression, persecution of students, abuse of women, and the crack down on human rights defenders that have resulted from the political unrest and corruption in Darfur.
 
* International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims - Annual Report 2001
[English]
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims’ (IRCT) Annual Report 2001 documents the activities carried out by the IRCT to promote and support the rehabilitation of torture victims and to work for the prevention of torture worldwide.
 
* Prevention of Torture in Europe: The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture's Standards on Police and Pre-trial Custody
[English][French]
The present brochure, the fifth in a series of ten, describes the standards on police and pre-trial custody developed by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture. It aims to identify fundamental and procedural safeguards for detainees and then goes on to describe standards relating to conditions generally.
 
* Prevention of Torture in Europe: The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture's Standards Regarding Prisoners
[English][French]
The present brochure, the sixth in series of ten, aims at giving an overview of the standards regarding prisoners and prison conditions developed by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture over the years.
 
* Sudan Organisation Against Torture's 2001 Annual Review
[English]
This annual report provides a detailed overview of the organization’s program activities and accomplishments in 2001. This includes projects, rehabilitation efforts, training and education, documentation, research and knowledge dissemination.
 
* The Use of Force by the Israeli Security Force: A Legal Approach
[French]
This paper is an analysis of the increasing record of casualties in the Palestinian civil population. It assesses the use of force of the Israelis relatively to the fourth Geneva Convention and the international principals that are supposed to control the use of force of the State agents.
 
* Torture Survivors' Perceptions of Reparation: Preliminary Survey
[English]
This survey details what research has already been undertaken in the area of repatriation and identifies gaps in that research, with a view to determining the needs for additional courses of action.
 
* Administration of Justice in Tunisia: Torture, Trumped-Up Charges and a Tainted Trial
[English][Arabic]
This report focuses on the prosecution of suspected political opponents without solid evidence and arguments, analyzing the case of human rights lawyer, Radhia Nasraoui, as a strong example.
 
* Human Rights Situation in Sudan: Progress or Tactical Tricks?
[English]
This report provides an update on the situation in Darfur for the period of March 1999 through March 2000. It discusses the various human rights violations that took place, focusing on: torture, freedom of expression, persecution of students, abuse of women, and the crack down on human rights defenders that have resulted from the political unrest in Darfur.
 
* International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims - Annual Report 2000
[English]
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims’ (IRCT) Annual Report 2000 documents the activities carried out by the IRCT to promote and support the rehabilitation of torture victims and to work for the prevention of torture worldwide.
 
* Presentation, Analysis and Commentary: The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, Establishing the Court
[English][French]
This brochure aims to provide information to the public on the existence of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and of its content as a tool that my lead its adoption, and in-turn, the establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
 
* Together Against Torture: Global Report on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2002
[English]
This report aims to present the activities of an international movement, which, on the 26 of June 2002, gathered together to stop to the use of torture and other forms of ill treatment and to pay respect to the hundreds of thousands of victims.
 
* Torture Reporting Handbook
[English][French]
This handbook seeks to enable small Non-Governmental Organizations to produce high-quality information on both individual incidents and patterns of torture, with a view to maximizing the utility of the information to the international bodies, as well as assisting those NGOs to select the most appropriate procedure or procedures to which to address the information in light of their own desired result.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Principles on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 2000
[English]
Adopted by General Assembly resolution 55/89 Annex, 4 December 2000.
 
* Prevention of Torture in Europe: The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture: History, Mandate and Composition
[English][French]
The present brochure, the third in a series of ten, aims at providing an overview of the work of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture. It shows the specificity of this mechanism through its fundamental characteristics and its mandate and it presents the composition as well as the functioning of the Committee.
 
* Universal Jurisdiction in Europe
[English]
This paper explains the concept of “universal jurisprudence” which provides the basis for some of the criminal cases opened against Chile’s General Pinochet, and for a number of other prosecutions in European states. It focuses on criminal proceedings initiated in relation to recent violations of human rights and the laws of war, in countries other than where the violation took place.
 
* A Report by the Human Rights Center for the Assistance of Prisoners
[English]
This report is divided into two parts: the first reviews the legal and constitutional framework governing the role and duties of doctors in the provision of medical supervision and care for their patients, whether inside or outside prison, as long as he has entered a medical relation with a sick person. Part two describes the violations and wrong doings committed by doctors in Egyptian prisons.
 
* Prevention of Torture in Europe: International, European and National Mechanisms to Combat Torture
[English][French]
The present brochure, the second in a series of ten, aims to place the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture’s work on a broader basis and introduce existing International, European and National Mechanisms in the fight against torture.
 
* Report on Human Rights Violations in Darfur 1998
[English]
This report provides an overview on the situation in Darfur for in 1998. It discusses the various human rights violations that have resulted from the political unrest in Darfur and provides real life accounts of torture that represent the horror and reality of the situation there.
 
* Prevention of Torture in Europe: Collected Texts
[English][French]
The present brochure is the first in a series of ten booklets and a compilation of texts useful for understanding the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, such as the Convention and Protocols, the explanatory report and the rules of procedure.
 
* Egypt: Hostage-Taking and Intimidation by Security Forces
[English]
This report examines one particularly reprehensible security force practice: the detention and intimidation of innocent family members -- including women, children and the elderly -- in order to pressure fugitive relatives to surrender to authorities, frighten families into silence about human rights abuses, and discourage them from pursuing complaints or speaking to journalists and human rights investigators.
 
* Syria: The Price of Dissent
[English]
This report focuses on the state security court and the continuing trials of individuals accused of membership in unauthorized political groups. It also examines the practice of torture in Syria, and the continuing pressure on political prisoners after release.
 
* Prison Conditions in Egypt: A Filthy System
[English]
This is the first report by a human-rights organization about Egyptian prisons based on on-site inspections. It is one of a series in which Human Rights Watch, through its Prison Project, has investigated conditions in prisons worldwide.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners, 1990
[English][Arabic]
Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 45/111 of 14 December 1990.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Model Treaty on the Transfer of Supervision of Offenders Who Have Been Conditionally Sentenced or Conditionally Released
[English][Arabic]
Adopted by General Assembly resolution 45/119 of 14 December 1990.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Body of Principles for the Protection of all Persons Under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment, 1988
[English][Arabic]
Adopted by General Assembly resolution 43/173 of 9 December 1988.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, 1985
[English][Arabic]
Adopted by General Assembly resolution 40/34 of 29 November 1985.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Convention against Torture and other Cruel and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 1984
[English][Arabic]
Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 39/46 of 9 December 1984.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, 1979
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Adopted by General Assembly resolution 34/169 of 17 December 1979.
 
* UN Guidelines and Norms on Criminal Justice - Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, 1955
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Adopted by the First United Nations Congress, held at Geneva in 1955, and approved by the Economic and Social Council by its resolution 663 C (XXIV) of 31 July 1957 and 2076 (LXII) of 13 May 1977.
 
* Torture under International Law: Compilation of Norms
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This document contains a compilation of Universal and Regional texts for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment as well as international reporting, individual complaint and visiting mechanisms for the fight against torture.
 

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