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TORTURE
  The most serious issues effecting our planet are human rights violations, for these effect not only the whole population, but the economy, the ecology, the very nature of society. Many countries, particularly "the emerging nations", argue that human rights are secondary to economic considerations. They will, they claim, fix up human rights once their economy is fixed. Or once everyone has a good standard of living, or once the foreign debt is repaid, or once they have taught pigs to fly.

   The economy will not be fixed while people are working in underpaid, dangerous conditions, without political rights, subject to intimidation by companies, officials, bureaucrats and police. While people live in fear, in slums, with hunger and disease, with poor education and no control over the government there will be poverty, disease, and rebellion. The problems cannot be fixed because they are not allowed to be acknowledged.

The very first requirement is the procurement of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The second requirement is a democratically elected government. The third requirement is a free media, able to publicise and criticise any aspect of the government and society in general. Do these three and the beginning of the way has been found. Ignore them, and chaos, war, poverty will be all that a nation has to look forward to.








WHY THE WORLD NEEDS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL   More than 700 people have been tortured to death or shot dead by authorities inside the prisons of the Indian State of Kashmir since 1990.

  In 1991, Indonesian soldiers opened fire on mourners in Santa Cruz Cemetery in East Timor. At least 270 people died in the Dili Massacre. Many are still missing.

   Kasim Alpsoy went into a Turkish police station to collect some personal belongings. A relative waited for him in the street outside but he never came out and hasn't been seen since. He simply "disappeared".

  Women caught wearing trousers in Sudan are flogged up to 40 times with a whip, under Section 152 of the Penal Code. Even heavily pregnant women are not exempt.

  USA state governments kill people using electrocution, gas and lethal injections. Juveniles and the mentally handicapped are among those sentenced to die.

  Colombian priest Father Tiberio de Jesus Fernandez Mafla spoke out about police violence in his town. Just days later, his mutilated body was pulled from the Cauca River.

  28 year-old Ma Thida is locked in solitary confinement in a prison in Myanmar. She is serving 20 years simply for distributing leaflets on democracy.




  Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.