Dr Leif Elinder wrote: “As much as the torture program itself, the inability to hold anyone accountable exposes the breakdown of constitutional forms of rule in the United States. Crimes have been committed, exposed openly before the entire world, and, within the framework of official political channels, absolutely nothing can or will be done about it. Under these conditions, it is impossible any longer to speak of democracy”.

See more of Dr Elinder’s reflections on this subject in the featured article on this theme published in SWEDHR Research & Reports, 21 May 2015.

Torture Reports

Physicians for Human Rights Full Report (PDF)

Doing Harm: Health Professionals’ Central Role in the CIA Torture Program

U.S. Senate complete report, eight chapters

The Torture Report


Research and research-review papers

Elinder  Leif, and Gelin, Martin (2015). SWEDHR Research & Reports, Vol 2, No 18:

Torture and lack of accountability

Ferrada de Noli M. SWEDHR Research & Report. Vol 1., No 5:

Research report: Solitary Confinement Is Torture

Ferrada-Noli M, Asberg M, Ormstad K, Lundin T, Sundbom E. Journal of Traumatic Stress 11 (1): 103–1:

Suicidal behavior after severe trauma. Part 1: PTSD diagnoses, psychiatric comorbidity, and assessments of suicidal behavior

Ferrada-Noli M. [Article in Swedish] . [Swedish Medical Journal] Lakartidningen. 98(44):4888-90:

Traumatic stress and suicidal behavior of refugees–epidemiological findings

Ferrada-Noli M, Asberg M, Ormstad K. Journal of Traumatic Stress 11 (1): 113–24:

Suicidal behavior after severe trauma. Part 2: The association between methods of torture and of suicidal ideation in posttraumatic stress disorder


Media articles

The Bush Administration Whistleblower Who Says the US Has Not Closed the Door on Torture

Ruper Stone in VICE NEWS