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Torture by Proxy


In the detention facilities of third countries, detainees have also reported being subjected to other forms of torture, including the beatings of the soles of the feet, sexual abuse, and torture using electricity.


We were in a specially made room with iron rings on the wall, and they chained my hands to the ceiling. They also tied a rubber string on my penis that didn’t allow me to pee. They left it on the whole time I was with them, except sometimes they would briefly undo it. It was terribly painful.

Marwan Jabour, held by Pakistan's ISI


They came in and cuffed my hands behind my back. Then three men came in with black ski masks that only showed their eyes ... one stood on each of my shoulders and the third punched me in the stomach. The first punch ... turned everything upside down. I felt I was going to vomit. I was meant to stand, but I was in so much pain I'd fall to my knees. They'd pull me back up and hit me again. They'd kick me in the thighs as I got up. They just beat me up that night ... I collapsed and they left. I stayed on the ground for a long time before I lapsed into unconsciousness. My legs were dead. I could not move. I'd vomited and pissed on myself ... [Later] one of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once and they stood for a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony, crying, trying desperately to suppress myself, but I was screaming. They must have done this 20 or 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. They cut all over my private parts. One of them said it would be better just to cut it off, as I would only breed terrorists ... there were even worse things, too horrible to remember, let alone talk about.

Binyamin Mohamed, held and tortured in Morocco



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