26 June UN INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE
''They ordered me and Lodewijk to kiss each other''. Kicked and beaten at Detachment 88 post with sticks while blindfolded. Later attacked with dirty sandals. Refusal to engage in kisses resulted in being held in stress position with head bowed to floor and legs stretched wide.
''I was in a big pain. I simply confessed anything.'' Beaten for more than five hours while blindfolded and mouth covered in plastic. Interrogators put his leg under a table leg and then jumped on it. Told to lie down and systematically hit with hard object across legs, arms, fingers and head.
''They cover my face with a plastic bag. I couldn't breathe.'' After breaking plastic bag, beaten in ribs, head, ears with wooden stick. Slapped with sandals and punched repeatedly.
''It was torture. It lasted more than a week''. Beaten in the mouth, ear, cheek. In hospital for two days, but on release beaten again during further interrogations. Forced to hold painful stress positions.
Arens Saiya, political prisoner and torture victim, talks to Al Jazeera through a video call.
Al Jazeera 28 Jan 2011 ▼