Amnesty International launches their Stop Torture campaign worldwide, including at a press conference in Berlin on 12 May 2014. The Secretary General of Amnesty International in Germany, Selmin Caliskan, discussed the legal and political effects of torture. She pointed out in particular that torture is still common in many countries which have signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and even have their own laws against torture – which adds to a distrust in the legal foundation of countries (Rechtsstaat).
Selmin Caliskan, the Director of German Chapter of Amnesty International, during the press conference.
Matthias Polifka, psychotherapist at the Berlin Center for Treatment of the Victims of Torture.
Uzbeki journalist and human rights activist Umida Niyazova was present. She recieved asylum in Germany after being imprisoned in Uzbekistan.
Selmin Caliskan, the Director of German Chapter of Amnesty International, prepares for the press conference.
Matthias Polifka and Selmin Caliskan at the press conference, behind a sign that reads “Stop Torture”.
Matthias Polifka and Selmin Caliskan with the campagin information and 2014 report on torture.