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.
A wealth of research suggests prisons have serious detrimental effects on prisoners and prison workers.
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.
Australian government reports used to determine asylum claims often differ from human rights groups on the current political climate in countries like Sri Lanka.
As a liberal democracy, Australia needs its own report on US torture in Iraq and has a legal and moral obligation to prevent torture.
Twin reports from a UK Parliament committee go further than ever in condemning Britain's complicity in the worst of the War on Terror.
Gina Haspel is in hot water over the CIA's use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques'. And in decades past, the US imprisoned people for using the same methods.
A grassroots movement is fighting for transparency and accountability on North Carolina's involvement in torture.
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.
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a call to reconsider whether interrogation techniques used in the 1970s against men interned in Northern Ireland amounted to torture.
A new head could help repair the president's relationship with the spy agency, but only if leaders stop playing politics with intelligence.
There is something disconcerting about the Western move to denounce the human rights records of post-colonial states.
James Bond and Jason Bourne have little to tell us about modern spycraft.
Torture is the ultimate abuse of state power over the individual. If the US returns to using it, all hell could break loose.
The UK has yet to properly grapple with its past complicity in prisoner abuses and torture.
Time is fixed, but people experience hours, months and days in very different ways. One researcher has spent decades exploring this universal phenomenon.
Three key rulings by the UK Supreme Court and their legal implications.
Donald Trump says he supports torture. Can political leaders change his mind?
Psychologists have developed evidence-based interrogation methods that could be used as alternatives to torture.
A Canadian police force on Prince Edward Island is threatening drink drivers with Nickelback – continuing a tried and tested method of punishment.