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Wax figures with torture instrument named “torture-rack” are seen on October 25, 2014 in Huai'an, Jiangsu province of China. The exhibition, which opened last year at an educational center in the eastern city of Huai'an, includes reenactments of prisoners being hung over a fire, flayed and being tortured on what is known as a “Tiger Bench” – pictured above – a Qing dynasty (1644-1912) device that contorted victims' legs and arms in high pressure positions that could break bones or tear apart joints. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress)

Organizers of an exhibition of ancient instruments of torture in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, have suggested that children, heart disease patients and people with high blood pressure stay away because of the vivid depictions of shocking cruelty. The exhibition has more than 200 instruments of torture on display in the 50,000-square-meter exhibition halls of a restored ancient building. Wax figures, along with sound and light techniques, are incorporated for scary effect. The local government said the exhibition is for tourists and historians to research ancient torture practices. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress)
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29 Oct 2014 12:22:00
Participants of the “Torture Ships” walk to the pier where the Ship of lacquer and leather will undock with hundreds watching in Friedrichshafen, Germany on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Felix Kästle/DPA)

Participants of the “Torture Ships” walk to the pier where the Ship of lacquer and leather will undock with hundreds watching in Friedrichshafen, Germany on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Felix Kästle/DPA)
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26 Jun 2018 10:00:00
A Kashmiri villager shouts freedom slogans during the funeral procession of Asadullaha Kumar in Mandhaal village, some 70 Kilometers south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, December 3, 2016. Hundreds of angry villagers blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway for hours alleging Kumar was tortured and then shot by Indian forces while he was performing his duty as a security guard at a government fishery. Police officers denied the allegation and said he was killed in cross-firing during an overnight counter-insurgency operation in south Kashmir. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)

A Kashmiri villager shouts freedom slogans during the funeral procession of Asadullaha Kumar in Mandhaal village, some 70 Kilometers south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, December 3, 2016. Hundreds of angry villagers blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway for hours alleging Kumar was tortured and then shot by Indian forces while he was performing his duty as a security guard at a government fishery. Police officers denied the allegation and said he was killed in cross-firing during an overnight counter-insurgency operation in south Kashmir. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)
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05 Dec 2016 12:00:00
A long-tailed monkey, wearing jeans and a doll's head perform on the streets of Boyolali, Central Java Indonesia. Primates are used by owners to beg at crossroads, the primate show can earn $ 5 per day. Begging using long-tailed monkeys is opposed by animal lovers community as it is considered to torture and degrade animal health. (Photo by Arief Setiadi/Pacific Press/Barcroft Images)

A long-tailed monkey, wearing jeans and a doll's head perform on the streets of Boyolali, Central Java Indonesia. Primates are used by owners to beg at crossroads, the primate show can earn $ 5 per day. Begging using long-tailed monkeys is opposed by animal lovers community as it is considered to torture and degrade animal health. (Photo by Arief Setiadi/Pacific Press/Barcroft Images)
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26 Nov 2017 07:39:00
Activists Group Call On Obama To Close Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

Members of the organization Witness Against Torture wear orange prison jump suits with handcuffs and a hood over their heads during a demonstration urging the government to close down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, in Lafayette Park outside the White House January 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Protesters carry on a 92-hour vigil in a protest of the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of detainees to arrive at the US military facility (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
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12 Jan 2012 12:16:00
Stephanie Fernandez's mind-blowing make-up art. (Photo by Instagram.com)

Stephanie Fernandez loves nothing more than turning models into zombies with spine-chilling artwork. The 18-year-old Louisiana girl's torturous designs amaze fans of incredible zombie make-up. (Photo by Instagram.com)
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11 Jul 2014 11:51:00
The Giant Hand of Atacama

The Mano de Desierto is a large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, 75 km to the south of the city of Antofagasta, on the Panamerican Highway. The nearest point of reference is the “Ciudad Empresarial La Negra” (La Negra Business City). The sculpture was constructed by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. Irarrázabal used the human figure to express emotions like injustice, loneliness, sorrow and torture. Its exaggerated size is said to emphasize human vulnerability and helplessness. The work has a base of iron and cement, and stands 11 metres (36 ft) tall. Funded by Corporación Pro Antofagasta, a local booster organization, the sculpture was inaugurated on March 28, 1992.
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21 Dec 2013 10:18:00
A prisoner from the Pedrinhas prison is carried to receive medical help after he was injured during a fight between rival gangs inside the jail, in Sao Luiz, capital of Maranhao state, January 8, 2014. (Photo by Douglas Cunha/Reuters/O Estado do Maranhão)

A prisoner from the Pedrinhas prison is carried to receive medical help after he was injured during a fight between rival gangs inside the jail, in Sao Luiz, capital of Maranhao state, January 8, 2014. The recent posting on a major Brazilian news website of a video filmed last December 17 by Pedrinhas prisoners of the decapitated and tortured bodies of rival inmates inside the jail has highlighted some of the problems present in the country's prison system which houses nearly twice as many prisoners as its capacity, according to official statistics. (Photo by Douglas Cunha/Reuters/O Estado do Maranhão)
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11 Jan 2014 13:03:00