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.

Our Torture Cases

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Latest Torture News

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March 21, 2018

I was arrested in Cairo when I was 17 and faced the death penalty

I was arrested in Cairo when I was 17. I turned 18 in an Egyptian prison.…
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March 13, 2018

Gina Haspel is not fit to lead the CIA

President Trump has announced that he will nominate Gina Haspel, who previously oversaw a notoriously…
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February 12, 2018

Roundup: Guantánamo, birthdays on death row, and a thank you to our supporters

Two death row birthdays, our senior staff attorney on the ground in Guantánamo, and a…
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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…
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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…
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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…