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A torturer as CIA boss? Never


President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to serve as CIA director sends a destructive message to the world at the worst possible time. Haspel supervised the use of torture, then took part in destroying evidence of that crime.

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Documenting Violence Against the Rohingyas Firsthand: Evidence That Can’t Be Ignored


Military leaders in Myanmar falsely claim they have mounted this brutal attack on civilians, many of them children, because they are “terrorists.” The forensic evidence in these cases tells a vastly different story — the truth.

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The UN says the United States is still torturing detainees at Guantánamo. More reason than ever to close it.


The U.N. special rapporteur on torture stated earlier this week that torture of a detainee at the Guantánamo Bay detention center is ongoing, despite a domestic ban on so-called "enhanced interrogation" torture techniques. The expert noted that the detainee, who endured years of CIA torture before being transferred to Guántanamo, continues to be subjected to abusive detention practices, including indefinite detention, solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and denial of medical care -- including to treat the effects of his past torture at the hands of the CIA.

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The CIA's Program of Human Experimentation


This June, PHR published a report showing that the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program constituted a regime of illegal human experimentation. Senior Anti-Torture Fellow Sarah Dougherty was the lead author of PHR’s latest report and explains how she came to these conclusions.

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Trump’s Torture Stance Is Anti-American


President Donald J. Trump continues to insist torture “absolutely works,” a jagged departure from fact, law, and morality. Within days of his inauguration, the White House was already circulating a draft executive order to reopen CIA “black sites” and review currently approved interrogation practices, presumably with a view to fulfilling Trump’s campaign promises to bring back waterboarding and a “hell of a lot worse.”

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