Help stop the abductions and torture in the Ukraine

Abduction and torture around the world

Torture is a global crisis. Thirty years ago, the UN voted to combat torture worldwide with the Convention against Torture – a groundbreaking step towards making the global ban on torture a reality.

Many states also have national anti-torture laws. But, torture is flourishing because governments are ignoring the law and the commitments they have made.

What’s happening in the Ukraine?

Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months.

“With hundreds abducted over the last three months, the time has come to take stock of what has happened, and stop this abhorrent ongoing practice.”

–        Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Europe and Central Asia.

Stop torture with Amnesty International

For over 50 years, Amnesty International has exposed governments who torture, and supported torture survivors to get justice.

Over the last five years, Amnesty has reported on torture in at least three quarters of the world – 141 countries, from every region.

“Governments around the world are two-faced on torture – prohibiting it in law, but facilitating it in practice. Torture is not just alive and well – it is flourishing in many parts of the world. As more governments seek to justify torture in the name of national security, the steady progress made in this field over the last thirty years is being eroded.”

–        Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

Supporting Amnesty International

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How you can help

The Stop Torture campaign launches with a new media briefing, Torture in 2014: 30 Years of Broken Promises, which provides an overview of the use of torture in the world today.

Amnesty International is calling on governments to implement protective mechanisms to prevent and punish torture – such as proper medical examinations, prompt access to lawyers, independent checks on places of detention, independent and effective investigations of torture allegations, the prosecution of suspects and proper redress for victims.

Join with Amnesty International and help stop torture:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/stoptorture

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