Jordan: "Your confessions are ready for you to sign": Detention and torture of political suspects

Jordan: "Your confessions are ready for you to sign": Detention and torture of political suspects

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Index Number: MDE 16/005/2006
Date Published: 23 July 2006
Categories: Jordan, Middle East And North Africa

This report focuses on the torture and other ill-treatment of political detainees in pre-trial detention by the General Intelligence Department (GID), a military security agency which detains and interrogates individuals suspected of political and security offences. GID officers have extensive powers and benefit from near total impunity, acting virtually as a law unto themselves and can prolong detentions for weeks or months at a time. Those held for interrogation by the GID have frequently alleged that they were tortured to "confess" while held in prolonged incommunicado detention.


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