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A group of Spanish people have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for torture they and others experienced under the Franco regime from 1939 to 1975. David Zorrakino/Europa Press via Getty Images

After 50 years of global effort to abolish torture, much work remains

More than three-quarters of the world’s nations engage in torture, which is notoriously difficult to study because it often occurs in secret.
Community health workers assist patients as they gather their medications and supplements to discuss them during remote visits with pharmacists. Photo courtesy of Khmer Health Associates

Scientists at Work: How pharmacists and community health workers build trust with Cambodian genocide survivors

Studying medication use in a traumatized population of immigrants required pharmacists to listen to and learn from trusted community health workers.
Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah speaks after submitting his candidacy papers for the presidential election last November. The poll was postponed. EPA-EFE/Stringer

Why elections will not solve Libya’s deep-rooted problems

The biggest challenge is that the government does not have a monopoly over the legitimate use of force.
At the Amna Suraka museum in Iraq, exhibits show the torture that was carried out in the cells. Hélène Veilleux/Flickr

How someone becomes a torturer

Interviews with former torturers in Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq reveal what it takes to be a torturer – which could help explain how to reduce the number of people who get tortured around the world.

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