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Former detainees interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that they had been held from a few days to up five months in solitary confinement.
Representatives from the government-affiliated Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and other officials have visited Maekelawi and have raised some concerns about detention conditions in private and public communications.
The former detainees were interviewed individually. Black Site and Rendition aircraft Extraordinary Rendition is the apprehension and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one country to another. The six historical Leaders of the FLN: The presence of a lawyer during interrogations is a standard safeguard against abuse.
They hung me in that room for 24 hours. I was only allowed to use the toilet once a day, although after two or three months, I was allowed twice. This heightens concerns that any form of involvement with Human Rights Watch, including speaking to the organization, could be used against individuals.
Over the past decade Human Rights Watch and other domestic and international human rights organizations have documented patterns of serious human rights violations, including arbitrary arrest and detention, ill-treatment, and torture in many official and unofficial detention facilities throughout Ethiopia.
Detainees described to Human Rights Watch being repeatedly slapped, kicked, punched, and beaten with sticks and gun butts.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Access to those held in Sheraton is reportedly regular, even daily. To the Ethiopian Judiciary Ensure that complaints of mistreatment during detention are promptly and impartially investigated by a body independent of the police.
Because the Ethiopian government seeks to prevent human rights research in the country, this report is not a comprehensive assessment of the situation in Maekelawi.
In some cases, it was possible to corroborate the names of investigators involved in similar types of interrogations and abuses of detainees.
Immediately establish complaints mechanisms within Maekelawi and other detention facilities as set out in the draft National Human Rights Action plan. The coercive methods, exacerbated by the poor detention conditions, are used by the authorities at Maekelawi to maximize pressure on detainees to extract statements, confessions, and other information—whether accurate or not—to implicate them and others in alleged criminal activity.
The most prevalent modern example is bastinadoa technique of beating or whipping the soles of the bare feet. Six of those interviewed were charged but never tried or sentenced and were released on bail upon a court order or upon conditions set arbitrarily by the police investigators.
This report documents human rights abuses, unlawful investigation tactics, and detention conditions in Maekelawi between and Members of the political opposition, journalists, and civil society activists arrested following the contested elections were detained in Maekelawi until they were charged.
They uphold the right of detainees to be held in humane conditions and treated with dignity. Additionally, TSP staff conducts outreach in key ethnic communities where it is known there are large populations of asylees and refugees who have come to the U.
They tied my legs with my hands and put something between them. Human Rights Watch and other independent human rights organizations have documented the use of arbitrary detention as a means of punishing perceived dissent in various contexts throughout the country, including in Oromia in the early s,  in the Gambella region in and in the Somali region in in the South Omo region of SNNPR inand throughout the decade in Addis Ababa.
They took me to their office. Rather it offers an insight into the torture and other ill-treatment experienced by a group of detainees largely held for politically motivated reasons.
When the Abu Ghraib torture scandal broke in AprilAmericans and the rest of the world were stunned. President George W. Bush condemned the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers and blamed it on a few bad apples who, he said, had "dishonored our country and disregarded our values.".
Torture has been a brutal reality for many unfortunate people. But the most unsettling fact about torture’s brutality isn’t its existence, but the way people have injected a perverted sense of creativity (and even pleasure) into the creation of devices designed to inflict pain.
"They Want a Confession” Torture and Ill-Treatment in Ethiopia’s Maekelawi Police Station Summary. Torture (from Latin tortus: to twist, to torment) is the act of deliberately inflicting severe physical or psychological suffering on someone by another as a punishment or in order to fulfill some desire of the torturer or force some action from the victim.
Torture, by definition, is a knowing and intentional act; deeds which unknowingly or negligently inflict suffering or pain, without a. Algerian War الثورة الجزائرية Tagrawla Tadzayrit Guerre d'Algérie; Part of the Cold War and the decolonisation of Africa: Collage of the French war in Algeria.
Actually, this torture rumour is really debatable. Some say that there is no such torturing in the Bush era. However, some other say that this is already a tradition in White House, even before the Bush era but the staffs are asked to keep silent about this kind of scandal and rumour.Torture a brutal act