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Encyclopedia > List of torture methods and devices

A list of torture methods and devices includes: Torture is defined by the United Nations Convention Against Torture as any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he...


Psychological torture methods

  • Blackmail
  • Forced labor, other coercion into excessive physical activity
  • Headshaving (especially women)
  • Mock execution and horrific experiences
  • Music torture
  • Shaming and public humiliation, being stripped or displayed naked, public condemnation
  • Shunning
  • Alterations to room temperature
  • Being Bullied
  • Being coerced into denying one’s religion or morals, blasphemy, or religious degradation
  • Being dirty, self-fouled, urinated on, or covered with fecal matter
  • Being forced to commit atrocities, perhaps against family, friends or allies
  • Being forced to renounce or betray political, national, other strong affiliations or loyalties
  • Being forced to sleep on hard surfaces
  • Being forced to watch acts of sexual abuse
  • Being forced to witness atrocities, perhaps against family or persons with whom the victim identifies
  • Being held incommunicado
  • Being kept in confined spaces
  • Being subjected to nonstop interrogation for long periods
  • Being tricked into lying, or statements conflicting with past statements during interrogation.
  • Conditions of detention
  • Continual or unpredictable noise
  • Covert (non-contact) or other forced incest
  • Cramping, confinement, ball and chain, shackling
  • Exploitation of phobias, e.g. leaving arachnophobes in a room full of spiders
  • Extended sleep deprivation
  • Extended solitary confinement
  • Forced witnessing of or participation in sexual activity
  • Harm to friends or strangers, threatened, or carried out, and blamed on the victim
  • Partial or total sensory deprivation
  • Racial, sexual, religious or other verbal abuse against any characteristic of the victim
  • Shouting and taunting
  • Starvation, cold and damp

For other uses, see Blackmail (disambiguation). ... Headshaving is the removal of hair from the head of people usually by means of a razor or an electric shaver. ... A mock execution is a method of torture, whereby the subject is made to believe that he is being led to his execution. ... Music torture is a form of torture used by playing specifically chosen music incessantly to prisoners, or those being interrogated. ... Shame is a social condition and a form of social control consisting of an emotional state and a set of behaviors, caused by the consciousness or awareness of having acted inappropriately. ... Strip can refer to: as a noun a long narrow piece cut from a sheet material (metal plastic plywood etc) a power strip a landing strip a comic strip other items of a similar shape to that above e. ... Look up Naked in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Shunning is the act of deliberately avoiding association with, and habitually keeping away from an individual or group. ... Room temperature describes a certain temperature within enclosed space that is uses for various purposes by human beings. ... A bully is an individual who tends to torment others, either through verbal harassment and/or physical assaults, or through more subtle methods of coercion. ... Look up blasphemy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Ball And Chain is a more common name for the song Make This Love Right, written and produced by New Jersey house music producer Romanthony. ... Fetters in use Fetters, shackles or leg irons are a kind of physical restraint used on the feet or ankles. ... The term phobia, which comes from the Ancient Greek word for fear (φόβος, fobos), denotes a number of psychological and physiological conditions that can range from serious disabilities to common fears to minor quirks. ... Though many arachnids are harmless, a person with arachnophobia may still panic or feel uneasy around one. ... Families Suborder Mesothelae     Liphistiidae (primitive burrowing spiders) Suborder Mygalomorphae     Atypidae (atypical tarantula)     Antrodiaetidae (folding trapdoor spider)     Mecicobothriidae (dwarf tarantulas)     Hexathelidae (venomous funnel-web tarantula)     Dipluridae (funnel-web tarantula)     Cyrtaucheniidae (wafer trapdoor spider)     Ctenizidae (trapdoor spider)     Theraphosidae (tarantula) Suborder Araneomorphae     Hypochilidae (lampshade spider)     Filistatidae (crevice weaver)     Sicariidae (recluse spider)     Scytodidae (spitting... Sleep deprivation is a general lack of the necessary amount of sleep. ... Solitary confinement, colloquially referred to as the hole (or in British English the block), is a punishment in which a prisoner is denied contact with any other persons, excluding guards, chaplains and doctors. ... Sexual behavior is a form of physical intimacy that may be directed to reproduction (one possible goal of sexual intercourse) and/or to the enjoyment of activity involving sexual gratification. ... A prisoner at the United States Camp X-ray facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba being subjected to sensory deprivation, through the use of ear muffs, visor, breathing mask and heavy mittens. ... Verbal Abuse a hardcore and crossover thrash band originally from Houston, Texas but which got successful after moving to San Francisco. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

Physical torture methods

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Surgical extraction of an impacted molar. ... It has been suggested that Falaka be merged into this article or section. ... Marines practicing striking A strike is an attack with an inanimate object, such as a weapon, or with a part of the human body intended to cause an effect upon an opponent or to simply cause harm to an opponent. ... Abuser redirects here. ... Binding can mean: Binding (computer science) - a tie (for example) to certain names in programming languages Binding (knot) - A type of knot Binding (linguistics) - a property relating to anaphors (pronouns and R-expressions) and c-command Bookbinding - the protective cover of a book; and the art of constructing this Ski... Contortionist performing Contortion (sometimes contortionism) is an unusual form of physical display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body. ... In cryptography, blinding is a technique by which an agent can provide a service to (i. ... Boiling to death is a method of capital punishment. ... A bone fracture is a medical condition in which a bone becomes cracked, splintered, or bisected as a result of physical trauma. ... Branding persons refers to the use of the same physical techniques as in livestock branding on a human, either with consent as a form of body modification; or under coercion, as a punishment or imposing masterly rights over a slave or other legally subservient inferior. ... Burning of two sodomites at the stake outside Zürich, 1482 (Spiezer Schilling) Execution by burning has a long history as a method of punishment for crimes such as treason and for other unpopular acts such as heresy and the putative practice of witchcraft (burning, however, was actually less common... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Choking is the obstruction of the flow of air into a persons lungs by a foreign object, commonly food. ... Cutting is the separation of a physical object, or a portion of a physical object, into two portions, through the application of an acutely directed force. ... Denailing is a form of torture that consists of the removal of the toe nails or finger nails. ... Disfigurement is the state of having ones appearance, especially that of ones face, deeply and persistently harmed by a medical condition, such as wounds (accidental or intentional), disease, or a birth defect. ... The Water Torture—Facsimile of a woodcut in J. Damhoudères Praxis Rerum Criminalium, Antwerp, 1556. ... Dry drowning is when a persons lungs become unable to extract oxygen from the air, due primarily to: Muscular paralysis Puncture wound to the torso (affecting ability of diaphragm to create respiritory movement), or Changes to the oxygen-absorbing tissues. ... Painting of waterboarding from Cambodias Tuol Sleng Prison Waterboarding is a form of torture[1]. It is used to obtain information, coerce confessions, and for punishment and intimidation. ... Dunking is a form torture that was applied to supposed witches. ... Sign warning of possible electric shock hazard An electric shock can occur upon contact of a human or animal body with any source of voltage high enough to cause sufficient current flow through the muscles or nerves. ... Whipping on a post Flagellation is the act of whipping (Latin flagellum, whip) the human body. ... Michelangelos Last Judgment - Saint Bartholomew holding the knife of his martyrdom and his flayed skin Flaying is the removal of skin from the body. ... Foot roasting is a method of torture. ... Foot whipping is a form of torture employed throughout the Islamic world for violation of a wide array of Quranic law (Sharia). ... Force-feeding is the practice of feeding someone against his or her will. ... A garrote (a Spanish word; alternative spellings include garotte and garrotte) is a handheld weapon, most often referring to a ligature of chain, rope, scarf, or wire used to strangle someone to death. ... Circumcision is the removal of some or all of the prepuce (foreskin). ... This article is about male circumcision. ... Goat tongue is a method of torture involving soaking the feet in salt water and allowing a goat to lick the soles. ... Knee-capping is a form of malicious wounding used by gangsters or terrorists to punish enemies, or as a drastic form of torture. ... // Keelhauling, from Dutch language kielhalen (to drag along the keel) was a severe form of corporal punishment meted out to sailors at sea. ... Look up Limb in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Fingers of the human left hand A finger is a type of digit, an organ of manipulation and sensation found in the hands of humans and other primates. ... Mancuerda (also known as la garrucha) was a method of torture employed by the Inquisition, in which a cord was tied around the arms. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Peine forte et dure, (Law French for strong and hard punishment) was formerly a method of torture in the common law legal system, where the defendant who refused to plead (stood mute) would be subjected to having heavier and heavier stones placed upon the chest until a plea was entered... This article is about the military punishment picquet. ... Pitchcapping refers to a form of torture devised by British forces in 18th century Ireland which was widely used against suspected rebels during the period of the 1798 Rebellion, most famously on Anthony Perry, one of the leaders of the Wexford rebels. ... Peine forte et dure, (Law French for strong and hard punishment) was formerly a method of torture in the common law legal system, where the defendant who refused to plead would be subjected to having subsequently larger stones pressed upon the chest until a plea was entered, or as the... Sexual assault is any physical contact of a sexual nature without voluntary consent. ... Native American Big Mouth Spring with decorated scalp lock on right shoulder. ... Scaphism, also known as the boats, is an ancient Persian method of execution designed to inflict torturous death. ... A prisoner at the United States Camp X-ray facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba being subjected to sensory deprivation, through the use of ear muffs, visor, breathing mask and heavy mittens. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... Sleep deprivation is a general lack of the necessary amount of sleep. ... Sound is a disturbance of mechanical energy that propagates through matter as a longitudinal wave, and therefore is a mechanical wave. ... Generally, an amplifier is any device that uses a small amount of energy to control a larger amount of energy. ... Dynamic range is a term used frequently in numerous fields to describe the ratio between the smallest and largest possible values of a changeable quantity. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... Look up Cognition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In chemistry, concentration is the measure of how much of a given substance there is mixed with another substance. ... The strappado is a form of torture in which a victim is suspended in the air by means of a rope attached to his hands which are tied behind his back. ... A female child during the Nigerian-Biafran war of the late 1960s, shown suffering the effects of severe hunger and malnutrition. ... The strappado is a form of torture in which a victim is suspended in the air by means of a rope attached to his hands which are tied behind his back. ... The strappado is a form of torture in which a victim is suspended in the air by means of a rope attached to his hands which are tied behind his back. ... The strappado is a form of torture in which a victim is suspended in the air by means of a rope attached to his hands which are tied behind his back. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Torture is the infliction of pain intended to break the will of the victim or victims. ... Tarring and feathering is a physical punishment, at least as old as the Crusades, used to enforce formal justice in feudal Europe and informal justice in Europe and its colonies in the early modern period, as well as the early American frontier, mostly as a type of mob vengeance (compare... Tickle torture is a form of torture where a victim is be subjected to tickling over a prolonged period of time. ... There appear to be two different varieties of torture referred to as waterboarding. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Whipping on a post Flagellation is the act of whipping (Latin flagellum, whip) the human body. ...

Torture devices

Note that the line between "torture method" and "torture device" is often blurred, particularly when a specifically-named implement is but one component of a method. Also, many devices that can be used for torture have mainstream uses, completely unrelated to torture.


 
 

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