Torture is the deliberate infliction of severe physical or mental pain and suffering on a person.

We investigate and challenge its use around the world.

Torture is often carried out in order to extract information or a confession, or to punish or intimidate. US authorities are known to have used torture as part of post-9/11 counter-terrorism efforts under President George W. Bush. Torture is also regularly reported in countries such as Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Libya and Ethiopia.

Reprieve US investigates and challenges the use of torture around the world. We work on cases of torture in police custody, and abuses committed in the name of the ‘war on terror’. Through evidence-gathering and strategic casework, we work to hold governments and corporations to account for their collusion in rendition, unlawful detention and torture.

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Latest Torture News

Death PenaltyTorture
September 18, 2017

Irish student acquitted in Egypt after four years of mass trial

An Irish student who was a juvenile when he was arrested has been acquitted at an Egyptian mass trial, four years after his arrest at a protest.

Death PenaltyTorture
August 17, 2017

Irish student enters 5th year of Egyptian detention

A student from Dublin has entered his fifth year of detention in Egypt. Ibrahim Halawa, who was a juvenile when he was arrested, faces the death penalty.

Secret PrisonsTorture
June 22, 2017

US linked to Yemeni torture prisons: Reprieve comment

The Trump Administration has been mixed up in a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme, Associated Press has reported.

Guantánamo BaySecret PrisonsTorture
June 7, 2017

New US torture lawsuit targets CIA ‘black sites’

Attorneys for Guantanamo's 'forever prisoner' Abu Zubaydah have filed a new US federal lawsuit against the architects of the CIA torture program as part of an official investigation into US-led...
Guantánamo BayTorture
June 2, 2017

Trump buries Senate torture report: Reprieve comment

President Trump has today definitively buried a Congressional report on America’s use of torture, placing it effectively beyond the reach of US courts.

Death PenaltyTorture
March 30, 2017

Trump resumes arms sales to Bahrain despite repression – Reprieve comment

March 30, 2017: Maya Foa, a director at human rights organization Reprieve, comments on reports that the US will resume fighter jet sales to Bahrain,