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

The al Saadi family

Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar

Andy Tsege

Latest Torture News

May 15, 2018

The latest on Gina Haspel and a major victory in our fight against torture

Some big news from the Reprieve family: A victory in our ongoing challenge to the CIA’s…
Secret PrisonsTorture
May 10, 2018

BREAKING: UK Prime Minister apologizes for country’s role in CIA abduction, torture and rendition of Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar

In an unprecedented statement to the British Parliament today, the UK Prime Minister acknowledged her…
Death PenaltyTorture
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.…
Guantánamo BaySecret PrisonsTorture
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…
Death PenaltyDronesGuantánamo BaySecret PrisonsTorture
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…
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…