During the last two weeks, alarming video footage spread all around the world showing Spanish policemen beating up peaceful Catalans participating in a referendum that was deemed to be unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court of Spain.
"Room Zero" is known as one of the worst places to be sent if you are an inmate of the jail in Poggioreale, Naples. Officially this room is an isolation room; unofficially, "Room Zero" is a torture chamber.
The man, who sold goods in the street, died after falling from a window of a building that was being searched by the Mossos D'Esquadra, the regional police of Catalonia. There are diverging versions about what actually happened.
• by Adriana Kessler, JUMEN - Juristische Menschenrechtsarbeit in Deutschland
The abuse of two refugees by a German police officer is still under investigation, but the silence of fellow officers brings forth questions about the culture of the police force and a call for their prosecution.
The UN Committee against Torture recently published its concluding observations after its review of Spain in April 2015, criticizing the little action that has been taken to fulfill the recommendations presented in 2009.
Over 40 people, including women and children, from a Roma community in Romania have been beaten by local police in recent years, and civil society groups are demanding thorough investigations into these cases.
The beating of a 19-year-old woman by Romanian police has led to yet another judgment against the country by the European Court of Human Rights, which condemned Romania for improperly investigating the incident.