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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Remembering against the tide: Giulio Regeni and the transnational horizons of memory

Two years after the murder of Giulio Regeni, the call for truth and justice has yet to be answered. 

Pain, torture and alienation

Due to Egypt’s dire political and economic situation, pain and alienation are bound to be a feature of the lives of many for years to come.

The victims of tyranny and the need for transitional justice in Tunisia

It is important that a law be enacted to criminalize the whitening of dictatorships so that those longing for the past stop their hopeless ventures of trying to falsify history.

Sir Nigel Rodley versus Donald Trump on torture

The novelty and danger posed by the new US president is the fact that he either does not know, or does not care, that the prohibition of torture is one that is considered to be fundamental.

Pain and torture: state violence in Egypt

The root of state violence and torture is not poor police training, nor a political decision that can be reversed, it is the nature of the regime and the political order it has created.

Torture was once 'normal' in Georgia's prisons — this is how they 'effectively abolished' it

Georgia's prisons used to be dirty and dangerousPrisoners recounted beatings and NGOs reported institutionalised torture. But since 2012, there has been an amazing turnaround.

Shame on those who try to justify Giulio Regeni’s assassination

Claims that Regeni’s supervisors bear responsibility for sending him into danger are outrageous, betraying both ignorance of the facts and a severe lack of empathy.

Insecurity under Egypt's ‘security’ forces

Abuses are systemic despite regime attempts to portray them as 'isolated'. People have much to fear from the police and their sense of impunity but they are not taking it quietly.

Damascus’ stifled voice from the left

The story of Syrian Revolutionary Youth: the rise and fall of a grassroots movement offering a third alternative beyond the regime/Islamists binary, whose clear, principled stance made it the target of extreme regime persecution.

Clawing at the sky: fighting for political prisoners in Syria

"It is the most monstrous thing they can do to the Syrian people”. Fadwa Mahmoud, mother, wife and comrade to forcibly disappeared leftist activists, tells us her story of pain and perseverance on the second anniversary of her family's abduction by the Syrian security forces.

Syria, storytelling, and all things between: a meta-commentary on ‘the Prisoner Series’

Al-Akhbar English (AAE) is the English branch of a prominent Lebanese newspaper, Al-Akhbar. During the second week of February 2014, Al-Akhbar English published a six-part special series called, “Syrian Prisoners: In Their Own Voices.” This is the story of that series.

Time for accountability: Europe’s role in extraordinary rendition

European governments remain complicit in rendition, a process designed to put interrogations beyond the law. Britain leads the pack in using secret court proceedings to conceal human rights abuses.

Behind the scenes at the death squads of Chechnya

Formal hostilities may have ceased in Chechnya, but civilians continue to be abducted, tortured and murdered by the authorities in the region. Igor Kalyapin, head of the Committee Against Torture, talks to Svetlana Reiter about the remarkable and dangerous work being done to seek justice for the victims.

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of July 18th 2011

This week we lead with the Committee for the Prevention of Torture's new Report on Poland - highlighting a serious lack of progress towards the 'care of inmates with drug related problems.' In other news we take a look at the trailer for new film, 'Breaking the Taboo'; explore the ongoing tragedy of the Mexico's war on drugs; and look at the new Rome Declaration ~ MW & CS

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of July 4th 2011

We lead this weeks Report with news that the Bolivian government has formally notified the UN Secretary General of its withdrawal from the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. In other news, we look at the relationship between torture and drugs, and explore the Russian Government's counterproductive drug policies ~ MW & CS
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