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Guantanamo Nay detainees sit in a holding area at Camp X-Ray on Jan. 11, 2002. Reuters/Shane T. McCoy/Handout

5 things to know about Guantanamo Bay on its 115th birthday

On Dec. 10, 1903, the US military leased 45 square miles of Cuban territory to build a naval base. How did Guantanamo Bay become an infamous prison for alleged terrorists?
Utö, Finland, graffiti. Torture is a process which doesn’t stop at the event itself but that eventually goes on through generations. aaron blanco tejedor/Unsplash

How torture tears apart societies from within

Torture is such a profound tear in the fabric that makes us human that it can distort even the most fundamental elements of social existence.
Sen. John McCain pictured at a rally Oct. 15, 2014 in Marietta, Georgia to support Senate candidate David Perdue, who was elected a few weeks later. John Amis/AP Photo

Why McCain and all POWs deserve our profound respect and gratitude

Prisoners of war experience trauma, torture, humiliation and profound loneliness. A trauma psychologist explains how the effects can be lasting – and that Americans' gratitude should also be.
No questions have been asked about Australia’s knowledge of torture committed by the US. Shutterstock

Why Australia needs its own torture report

As a liberal democracy, Australia needs its own report on US torture in Iraq and has a legal and moral obligation to prevent torture.
Despite the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it remains difficult to monitor governments’ performance because there are no comprehensive human rights measures. from www.shutterstock.com

New data tool scores Australia and other countries on their human rights performance

Despite the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it remains difficult to measure governments' performance. A new data tool gives countries a scorecard on how well, or badly, they are doing.

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