You’ve hung from the ceiling for hours.
Your muscles scream. Electric shocks convulse your body. Water forced into your mouth. You think you’re drowning. Rape. Mock executions. Whatever it takes to break you. To make you submit. To sign a confession, or hand over information. You’re hidden away from the world’s gaze.
You think you are forgotten, you think you are alone.
All over the world, states are torturing people just like you.
Torture: A global crisis
We are witnessing a global crisis on torture. Over the last five years, Amnesty International has reported on torture in 141 countries - three-quarters of the world.
For decades, Amnesty has exposed governments who torture. We have supported torture survivors to get justice. We also led international pressure that resulted in the UN Convention against Torture 30 years ago. Today, laws against torture are in place almost everywhere.
Yet you only have to glance at the news to know that laws alone are not enough.
Torture is thriving because rather than respecting the law, many governments are either actively using torture or turning a blind eye.
We are building a powerful barrier between the torturer and the tortured.
How? By insisting that lawyers are present during interrogations. That doctors are on hand to examine detainees. That confessions obtained by torture can’t be used as evidence in courts. That detainees are allowed to see their families. And by insisting that anyone who is involved in torture is brought to justice.
We are positioning ourselves inside the very systems that are failing to protect people.
I used to be afraid and thought about not speaking out. But I’m not willing to accept this.
Start here, start now, stop torture
In countries such as the Philippines and Mexico, torture is widespread and routine in police stations. In Morocco-Western Sahara and Uzbekistan, the courts often rely on confessions people have made while being tortured. And in Nigeria, beatings and mock executions are just some of the treatments people face in detention.
We can’t stop torture alone. We need you to join us, and stand between the torturers and the tortured too.
The pain of torture is unbearable. I never thought I would be alive till this day.