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    Posted: 6/6/2012 10:00:48 AM EST
    Bahraini anti-government protesters, near a wall sprayed with images of jailed opposition political activists, throw petrol bombs toward riot police, unseen, Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain. Clashes broke out after a march demanding democracy and that prisoners be freed. Also on Tuesday, a Bahraini defense lawyer says jailed activists challenging verdicts issued against them by a military-led tribunal recounted in court that they had been subjected to torture and beatings after their arrest. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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    Posted: 6/4/2012 2:30:46 AM EST
    FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 file photo, thousands of protesters chant slogans against the country's military rulers decision to retain the much hated emergency laws used throughout the reign of ousted President Hosni Mubarak at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt. Under Mubarak, there were no mass killings along the lines of South African or some Latin American dictatorships in the 1980s. But tens of thousands of political prisoners were detained under emergency laws that expired last week after 31 years in force. Torture was systematic, and often extreme, and corruption was completely endemic. Arabic on the banner, center reads, "no to emergency law." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
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    Posted: 6/4/2012 2:30:45 AM EST
    FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, an Egyptian man chants slogans and holds a poster that reads, in Arabic, "Islamic Egypt," during a demonstration held by a Salafi group to protest the emergency law, in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Under Mubarak, there were no mass killings along the lines of South African or some Latin American dictatorships in the 1980s. But tens of thousands of political prisoners were detained under emergency laws that expired last week after 31 years in force. Torture was systematic, and often extreme, and corruption was completely endemic. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
  •  - File photo of a girl at a rally in Los Angeles in support of California inmates who spent weeks on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions

    File photo of a girl at a rally in Los Angeles in support of California inmates who spent weeks on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions

    Posted: 5/31/2012 5:25:14 PM EST
    Darlyne Flores, 5, (R) whose father spent four years in Pelican Bay state prison, attends a rally in Los Angeles, California in support of California inmates who spent weeks on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions, in this August 1, 2011 file photo. A civil rights group sued the state of California and its prison system May 31, 2012, saying long-term confinement of inmates in a special high-security unit at its Pelican Bay State Prison amounted to torture and human rights violations. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)
  •  - File photo of Lucy Flores, whose husband spent four years in Pelican Bay state prison, holds a drawing at a rally in support of California inmates who spent weeks on a hunger strike to protest prison

    File photo of Lucy Flores, whose husband spent four years in Pelican Bay state prison, holds a drawing at a rally in support of California inmates who spent weeks on a hunger strike to protest prison

    Posted: 5/31/2012 5:23:55 PM EST
    Lucy Flores, whose husband spent four years in Pelican Bay state prison, holds a drawing at a rally in support of California inmates who spent weeks on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions, in Los Angeles, California in this August 1, 2011 file photo. A civil rights group sued the state of California and its prison system May 31, 2012, saying long-term confinement of inmates in a special high-security unit at its Pelican Bay State Prison amounted to torture and human rights violations. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)
  •  - File photo of a cell in the Secure Housing Unit of Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California

    File photo of a cell in the Secure Housing Unit of Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California

    Posted: 5/31/2012 5:22:57 PM EST
    A cell in the Secure Housing Unit of Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California, is shown in this April 27, 2005 file photo. A civil rights group sued the state of California and its prison system May 31, 2012, saying long-term confinement of inmates in a special high-security unit at its Pelican Bay State Prison amounted to torture and human rights violations. REUTERS/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - File phto of an interior courtyard at Pelican Bay Prison in Crescent City, California

    File phto of an interior courtyard at Pelican Bay Prison in Crescent City, California

    Posted: 5/31/2012 5:22:17 PM EST
    An interior courtyard at Pelican Bay prison in Crescent City, California, is shown in this April 27, 2005 file photo. A civil rights group sued the state of California and its prison system May 31, 2012, saying long-term confinement of inmates in a special high-security unit at its Pelican Bay State Prison amounted to torture and human rights violations. REUTERS/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - Activists of Amnesty International demonstrate to show their support with the Syrian people at the Fontaine des Innocentes in Paris

    Activists of Amnesty International demonstrate to show their support with the Syrian people at the Fontaine des Innocentes in Paris

    Posted: 5/29/2012 3:55:22 PM EST
    Activists of Amnesty International demonstrate to show their support with the Syrian people at the Fontaine des Innocentes in Paris May 29, 2012. France is expelling Syria's ambassador over the escalating crisis and will host a new Friends of Syria meeting in early July, President Francis Hollande said on Tuesday. The placards read, "Stop torture in Syria" (L) and "No arms for atrocities". REUTERS/Julien Muguet (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/24/2012 4:02:56 AM EST
    Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, recounts in Beijing May 23, 2012 the details of his torture and the authorities' reprisals against his family after Chen Guangcheng's flight last week to the United States. The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has fled his village in northeastern China, evading a security clampdown to seek help from lawyers for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Picture taken May 23, 2012. To match Interview CHINA-DISSIDENT/FAMILY REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/24/2012 4:02:33 AM EST
    Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, recounts in Beijing May 23, 2012 the details of his torture and the authorities' reprisals against his family after Chen Guangcheng's flight last week to the United States. The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has fled his village in northeastern China, evading a security clampdown to seek help from lawyers for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Picture taken May 23, 2012. To match Interview CHINA-DISSIDENT/FAMILY REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/24/2012 4:02:06 AM EST
    The injured hand of Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, rests on a chair in Beijing May 23, 2012 as he recounts the details of his torture and the authorities' reprisals against his family after Chen Guangcheng's flight last week to the United States. The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has fled his village in northeastern China, evading a security clampdown to seek help from lawyers for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Picture taken May 23, 2012. To match Interview CHINA-DISSIDENT/FAMILY REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/24/2012 4:01:57 AM EST
    Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, recounts in Beijing May 23, 2012 the details of his torture and the authorities' reprisals against his family after Chen Guangcheng's flight last week to the United States. The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has fled his village in northeastern China, evading a security clampdown to seek help from lawyers for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Picture taken May 23, 2012. To match Interview CHINA-DISSIDENT/FAMILY REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/24/2012 4:01:44 AM EST
    Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, recounts in Beijing May 23, 2012 the details of his torture and the authorities' reprisals against his family after Chen Guangcheng's flight last week to the United States. The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has fled his village in northeastern China, evading a security clampdown to seek help from lawyers for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Picture taken May 23, 2012. To match Interview CHINA-DISSIDENT/FAMILY REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/24/2012 4:01:35 AM EST
    Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, points in Beijing May 23, 2012 to his belt as he recounts the details of his torture and the authorities' reprisals against his family after Chen Guangcheng's flight last week to the United States. The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has fled his village in northeastern China, evading a security clampdown to seek help from lawyers for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Picture taken May 23, 2012. To match Interview CHINA-DISSIDENT/FAMILY REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/24/2012 4:01:09 AM EST
    Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, shows in Beijing May 23, 2012, how he had his hands tied behind a chair as he recounts the details of his torture and the authorities' reprisals against his family after Chen Guangcheng's flight last week to the United States. The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has fled his village in northeastern China, evading a security clampdown to seek help from lawyers for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Picture taken May 23, 2012. To match Interview CHINA-DISSIDENT/FAMILY REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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    Posted: 5/20/2012 5:35:47 PM EST
    Presidential candidate, Khaled Ali speaks in front of a banner with Arabic that reads, "no to torture after the revolution," in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 20, 2012. Egypt's youngest presidential candidate has joined dozens of activists on hunger strike to protest the continued detention of more than 300 people who face possible military prosecution. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:44:07 AM EST
    A view of the front of Villa Baviera hotel, a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:43:19 AM EST
    A general view of Villa Baviera hotel, a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:42:35 AM EST
    German colonists Helga Bohnau and Robert Matthusen (both seated) and workers perform during opening ceremony of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:20:30 AM EST
    (L-R) German colonists Anna Schnellenkamp, Helga Bohnau and Robert Matthusen perform during opening ceremony of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE