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Top China court calls for end to confession through torture

China's top court said Thursday the use of torture to extract confessions must end, in a legal system that has long been riddled with abuses. The Supreme People's Court issued the guideline a week after Beijing revealed a package of legal reforms including abolishing the widely loathed re-education through labour system and reducing the scope of the death penalty.

Europe rights court fines Ankara over torture case

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday sentenced Turkey over a case of police torture dating back to 1999, imposing a fine of 20,000 euros ($27,000). Mesut Deniz, a 38-year-old Turk currently serving a prison sentence, said he was given electric shocks, hanged by his arms, had his genitals twisted and subjected to other forms of torture after his arrest. Medical reports at the time recorded a large number of injuries but a police officer charged over the torture claims was acquitted by a Turkish court in 2007.

Amnesty urges justice for Tunisians tortured under Ben Ali

Amnesty International on Tuesday demanded those responsible for widespread torture practised under Tunisia's ousted former regime be brought to justice, after uncovering the details of a 25-year-old victim. Faysal Baraket, a student and member of the Islamist party Ennahda, which was banned by former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was arrested in 1991 after criticising the authorities in a television interview.

Britain says intelligence sharing crucial despite abuse risks

* UK's Hague: Britain faces "stark choice" on sharing intelligence * Disengaging would raise risk of attacks at home and abroad * Britain must work with countries to improve rights record By Peter Griffiths LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Britain is justified in sharing intelligence with countries suspected of human rights abuses to protect itself, Foreign Secretary William Hague will say on Thursday, despite concerns over the torture of suspects and costly court cases.
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