Tag Archives: freedom from torture

5 years after the Ampatuan massacre, impunity remains

The Ampatuan Massacre How do we achieve peace in Mindanao? It’s been five years now since the ‘Maguindanao Massacre’, also known as the #AmpatuanMassacre where 58 people were kidnapped and brutally killed in broad daylight. It was on the morning of November 23 in the year 2009, that 58 people were on their way to file a certificate of candidacy for Esmael ...

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Activists stage global protests for LGBT Rights in Egypt

LGBT Rights in Egypt

After the recent crackdown on LGBTQ Egyptians, activists urge the international community to join global protests on the 18th of October to combat the systematic, gross and widespread human rights violations against LGBTQ people in Egypt. UHRSN had the opportunity to talk to the organizers of protests, that are taking place in Canada, Germany, UK, Mexico, Spain and the US. The activists, ...

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Torture: The total Annihilation of the Self

Torture Fort Breendok

Améry’s Essay Die Tortur, first published in 1966 as part of the book “Jenseits von Schuld und Sühne: Überwältigungsversuche eines Überwältigten”1 [Beyond guilt and atonement: attempts to overcome by one who is overwhelmed], describes his direful experiences at the SS-Camp Fort Breendonk and the resulting everlasting trauma. The Essay, which can be attributed to the autobiographical genre of survivor memoirs, adds to ...

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