Music, Fingernail Pulling and Branding: 7 Disturbing Modern Torture Methods

Published May 17th, 2018 - 10:51 GMT

Torture is the act of deliberately inflicting physical or psychological pain in order to fulfill some desire of the torturer or compel some action from the victim.

Although widely illegal and reviled there is an ongoing debate as to what exactly is and is not legally defined as torture. It is a serious violation of human rights.

Torture has been around for a long time, but unfortunately it hasn’t gone away. There are numerous modern torture methods and devices. Hopefully one day torture will be a thing of the past, but until then we should all be aware of modern torture cases, at the very least to raise awareness.

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Music Torture, It might sound crazy, but various governments have been known to use something called music torture. And it is exactly what is sounds like…they blast songs at their targets (allegedly everything from Metallica to Britney Spears). It just sounds so cruel. (AFP/ File Photo)

Music Torture, It might sound crazy, but various governments have been known to use something called music torture. And it is exactly what is sounds like…they blast songs at their targets (allegedly everything from Metallica to Britney Spears). It just sounds so cruel. (AFP/ File Photo)

Fingernail Pulling, As benign as this sounds, having your fingernails ripped off is excruciatingly painful. This technique has been used since the beginning of recorded history by both state and non-state actors (gangs, mafia, etc). It has also been called “denailing.” (Minghui.org)

Fingernail Pulling, As benign as this sounds, having your fingernails ripped off is excruciatingly painful. This technique has been used since the beginning of recorded history by both state and non-state actors (gangs, mafia, etc). It has also been called “denailing.” (Minghui.org)

China likes using this method on political dissidents. Basically, the victim is strapped to a board while bricks are placed under their feet. Bricks are added until either the straps break…or their feet break. (AFP/ File Photo)

China likes using this method on political dissidents. Basically, the victim is strapped to a board while bricks are placed under their feet. Bricks are added until either the straps break…or their feet break. (AFP/ File Photo)

Force Feeding, Quite often hunger striking prisoners are force fed in order to keep them alive (to be further tortured). The World Medical Association holds that it is unethical for a doctor to participate in force feeding. Basically, it violates international law. (AFP/ File Photo)

Force Feeding, Quite often hunger striking prisoners are force fed in order to keep them alive (to be further tortured). The World Medical Association holds that it is unethical for a doctor to participate in force feeding. Basically, it violates international law. (AFP/ File Photo)

Branding Iron, Another torture device that has been adopted from the world of cattle farming, branding humans has been around for centuries. (Twitter)

Branding Iron, Another torture device that has been adopted from the world of cattle farming, branding humans has been around for centuries. (Twitter)

Water Dungeon, Allegedly used against Falun Gong practitioners in China, this torture method involves placing the victim in a cage (sometimes lined with spikes) and then partially submerging the cage in filthy water that comes up to the prisoner’s neck. (AFP/ File Photo)

Water Dungeon, Allegedly used against Falun Gong practitioners in China, this torture method involves placing the victim in a cage (sometimes lined with spikes) and then partially submerging the cage in filthy water that comes up to the prisoner’s neck. (AFP/ File Photo)

Cold Cell, This is one of the few “enhanced” interrogation techniques that the CIA is actually authorized to use. The cold cell involves placing the prisoner in front of an air conditioning unit running on full blast…sometimes for years at a time (allegedly). (AFP/ File Photo)

Cold Cell, This is one of the few “enhanced” interrogation techniques that the CIA is actually authorized to use. The cold cell involves placing the prisoner in front of an air conditioning unit running on full blast…sometimes for years at a time (allegedly). (AFP/ File Photo)

Music Torture, It might sound crazy, but various governments have been known to use something called music torture. And it is exactly what is sounds like…they blast songs at their targets (allegedly everything from Metallica to Britney Spears). It just sounds so cruel. (AFP/ File Photo)
Fingernail Pulling, As benign as this sounds, having your fingernails ripped off is excruciatingly painful. This technique has been used since the beginning of recorded history by both state and non-state actors (gangs, mafia, etc). It has also been called “denailing.” (Minghui.org)
China likes using this method on political dissidents. Basically, the victim is strapped to a board while bricks are placed under their feet. Bricks are added until either the straps break…or their feet break. (AFP/ File Photo)
Force Feeding, Quite often hunger striking prisoners are force fed in order to keep them alive (to be further tortured). The World Medical Association holds that it is unethical for a doctor to participate in force feeding. Basically, it violates international law. (AFP/ File Photo)
Branding Iron, Another torture device that has been adopted from the world of cattle farming, branding humans has been around for centuries. (Twitter)
Water Dungeon, Allegedly used against Falun Gong practitioners in China, this torture method involves placing the victim in a cage (sometimes lined with spikes) and then partially submerging the cage in filthy water that comes up to the prisoner’s neck. (AFP/ File Photo)
Cold Cell, This is one of the few “enhanced” interrogation techniques that the CIA is actually authorized to use. The cold cell involves placing the prisoner in front of an air conditioning unit running on full blast…sometimes for years at a time (allegedly). (AFP/ File Photo)
Music Torture, It might sound crazy, but various governments have been known to use something called music torture. And it is exactly what is sounds like…they blast songs at their targets (allegedly everything from Metallica to Britney Spears). It just sounds so cruel. (AFP/ File Photo)
Music Torture, It might sound crazy, but various governments have been known to use something called music torture. And it is exactly what is sounds like…they blast songs at their targets (allegedly everything from Metallica to Britney Spears). It just sounds so cruel. (AFP/ File Photo)
Fingernail Pulling, As benign as this sounds, having your fingernails ripped off is excruciatingly painful. This technique has been used since the beginning of recorded history by both state and non-state actors (gangs, mafia, etc). It has also been called “denailing.” (Minghui.org)
Fingernail Pulling, As benign as this sounds, having your fingernails ripped off is excruciatingly painful. This technique has been used since the beginning of recorded history by both state and non-state actors (gangs, mafia, etc). It has also been called “denailing.” (Minghui.org)
China likes using this method on political dissidents. Basically, the victim is strapped to a board while bricks are placed under their feet. Bricks are added until either the straps break…or their feet break. (AFP/ File Photo)
China likes using this method on political dissidents. Basically, the victim is strapped to a board while bricks are placed under their feet. Bricks are added until either the straps break…or their feet break. (AFP/ File Photo)
Force Feeding, Quite often hunger striking prisoners are force fed in order to keep them alive (to be further tortured). The World Medical Association holds that it is unethical for a doctor to participate in force feeding. Basically, it violates international law. (AFP/ File Photo)
Force Feeding, Quite often hunger striking prisoners are force fed in order to keep them alive (to be further tortured). The World Medical Association holds that it is unethical for a doctor to participate in force feeding. Basically, it violates international law. (AFP/ File Photo)
Branding Iron, Another torture device that has been adopted from the world of cattle farming, branding humans has been around for centuries. (Twitter)
Branding Iron, Another torture device that has been adopted from the world of cattle farming, branding humans has been around for centuries. (Twitter)
Water Dungeon, Allegedly used against Falun Gong practitioners in China, this torture method involves placing the victim in a cage (sometimes lined with spikes) and then partially submerging the cage in filthy water that comes up to the prisoner’s neck. (AFP/ File Photo)
Water Dungeon, Allegedly used against Falun Gong practitioners in China, this torture method involves placing the victim in a cage (sometimes lined with spikes) and then partially submerging the cage in filthy water that comes up to the prisoner’s neck. (AFP/ File Photo)
Cold Cell, This is one of the few “enhanced” interrogation techniques that the CIA is actually authorized to use. The cold cell involves placing the prisoner in front of an air conditioning unit running on full blast…sometimes for years at a time (allegedly). (AFP/ File Photo)
Cold Cell, This is one of the few “enhanced” interrogation techniques that the CIA is actually authorized to use. The cold cell involves placing the prisoner in front of an air conditioning unit running on full blast…sometimes for years at a time (allegedly). (AFP/ File Photo)