ⓘ White torture is a type of psychological torture that includes extreme sensory deprivation and isolation. It involves putting the prisoner in a completely white ..


ⓘ White torture

White torture is a type of psychological torture that includes extreme sensory deprivation and isolation. It involves putting the prisoner in "a completely white, soundproof room." This type of torture is designed to deprive all of the senses. As stated in the name, everything is white. This can go as far to include the walls, floor, and ceiling of the prisoners cell, as well as the occupants clothes and food. The room is often soundproofed so that the occupant can hear nothing, and guards wear padded shoes so as to not make any noise. The prisoner cannot talk to anyone, nor can they hear anything except for themselves. The lighting is designed so that it does not cast any shadows. Although it may not be the most common or popular form of torture, there are many adverse effects that come with it. Carrying out this type of torture makes the detainee lose personal identity through long periods of isolation, and it can even cause hallucinations. Prisoners are kept in these rooms for months or even years.


1.1. Allegations of usage Iran

In Iran, white torture Persian: شكنجه سفيد ‎ has been practiced on political prisoners. Most political prisoners who experience this type of torture are journalists held in the Evin prison. "Amir Fakhravar, the Iranian white room prisoner, was tortured for the peaceful expression of his ideas."

On December 20, 2018 Human rights Watch urged the regime in Iran to investigate and find an explanation for the death of Vahid Sayadi Nasiri who had been jailed for insulting the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. According to his family Nasiri had been on hunger strike but he was denied medical attention before he died.


1.2. Allegations of usage United Kingdom Northern Ireland

John McGuffins book "The Guinea Pigs" details the use of sensory deprivation used in Northern Ireland by the British Army until the UK conviction in 1971 of torture before the European Court in the Hague, later downgraded to "severe maltreatment". This consisted of hooding and dressing in thick boiler suits and being made to stand against a wall on tip-toe and being subject to "white noise". This technique was developed largely in order to avoid accusations of torture by not inflicting physical pain, but an absence of stimulus while still providing an interrogation tool. The antecedents of this had been experiments carried out in Canada on volunteers, ostensibly in support of a manned space programme. These had to be discontinued due to the severity of the psychiatric symptoms induced. The UK Government brought together experience of previous torture carried out in various colonial wars - Fort Morbut in Yemen, Hola Camp in Kenya and in Cyprus - in a conference held at Ashford Joint Intelligence Centre in Kent. Photographs taken during the Abu-Ghraib scandal indicate similar techniques being employed by the US Army.


1.3. Allegations of usage United States

The United States has been accused by Amnesty International and other international human rights organizations of using "extreme isolation and sensory deprivation. detainees confined to windowless cells. days without seeing daylight" along with other torture techniques with the approval of the George W. Bush administration under the euphemism "enhanced interrogation." The organization of European Democratic Lawyers EDL has explicitly accused the United States of white torture: "Fundamental rights are violated on the part of the United States. In Guantanamo prisoners are held under sensory deprivation, ears and eyes covered, hands and feet tied, hands in thick gloves, held in cages without any privacy, always observed, light day and night: This is called white torture." Rainer Mausfeld has criticized the practice.


1.4. Allegations of usage Venezuela

According to human rights organizations and other NGOs, the Bolivarian Intelligence Service SEBIN of the Venezuelan government holds political prisoners in the lower levels of SEBINs headquarters, which has been deemed by government officials "The Tomb". The cells are two by three meters that have a cement bed, white walls, security cameras, no windows and barred doors, with each cell aligned next to one another so there are no interactions between prisoners. Such conditions have caused prisoners to become very ill, though they are denied medical treatment. Bright lights in the cells are kept on so prisoners lose their sense of time and the temperature is below freezing, with the only sounds heard being from the nearby Caracas Metro trains. Allegations of torture in La Tumba, specifically white torture, are also common, with some prisoners attempting to commit suicide. Such conditions according to NGO Justice and Process are to force prisoners to plead guilty to crimes they are accused of.


2. In art

  • The Brave TV series Episode 10 "Desperate Measures" January 8, 2018. A team member is held in an Iranian black site for interrogation. The room is all white, as is her and the guards clothing and the minimal furniture. The interrogator explains its for sensory deprivation, and that bits of color will be added as she begins to cooperate.
  • German artist Gregor Schneider based his room design of "WeiSe Folter" lit. German for White torture on this idea.
  • The film White Lavan in Hebrew, 2011 directed by Israeli director Guilhad Emilio Schenker is based on testimonies about the "White torture" in Iran. The film participated at more than 70 film festivals around the world, won 12 international prizes and was broadcast in 10 countries. Direct link to the film
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