Water torture

Other Names:
Torture using water

A variety of methods for torturing victims have been developed. In the Bathtub or Bañera, which is contaminated with hair, vomit, urine or excrement, the victim's head is held under water until the point of suffocation, then the victim is removed from the water and further interrogated. Or the subjects are immersed in water with a hood over their heads or while tied in a cloth sack that prevents breathing when the victims are taken out of the water. Wet towels can also be wrapped around the victim's face to prevent breathing. They are bound and squirted with water under high pressure in the mouth and nose. Another form is to expose the victim's body to dripping water for extended periods of time. During interrogation the naked prisoners can be regularly drenched with cold water. Victims are held naked for long periods of time in cells partially filled with water. They are forced to sleep on wet floors.


Water torture has been reported in the following countries:

[Africa] Djibouti, Gabon, Kenya
[America] Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay

[Asia] China, Indonesia, Iran Islamic Rep, Korea Rep, Syrian AR

Broader Problems:
Physical torture
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
17.10.2021 – 09:55 CEST