Security forces in Bangladesh are deliberately shooting members and supporters of opposition parties in the leg. Victims explained that police shot them in custody and then falsely claimed that they were shot in self-defense, in crossfire with armed criminals, or during violent protests.
Ground-breaking investigations and prosecutions are underway in some European countries against people accused of torture, beatings, and kidnappings in Syria and Iraq. These cases are made possible by the arrival in Europe of both victims and suspects in the context of the refugee crisis.
15 million girls marry before age 18 each year. Child marriage has devastating consequences. Married girls face health risks—including death—due to early pregnancy, are usually forced to quit education, sink deeper into poverty, and are at greater risk of domestic and sexual violence. If child marriage continues at this rate, by 2050 there will be 1.2 billion women alive who married as children. There’s no time to waste—demand an end to child marriage on October 11, International Day of the Girl.
A Tunisian man formerly held in secret United States Central Intelligence Agency custody have described previously unreported methods of torture that shed new light on the earliest days of the CIA program. Lotfi al-Arabi El Gherissi, 52, recounted being severely beaten with batons, threatened with an electric chair, subjected to various forms of water torture, and being chained by his arms to the ceiling of his cell for a long period.