Electrical torture


High voltage electricity is being used extensively in torture. Electrical clips, and pointed electrodes are attached to sensitive areas and repeatedly switched on. Cattle prods are touched to skin. Individuals are strapped to metal frames and attached to electrodes. This may result in severe pain, loss of consciousness, involuntary muscle contractions or death.


Torture using electric shock has been reported in the following countries:

[Africa] Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Libyan AJ, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe

[America] Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Grenada, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay

[Asia] Afghanistan, D Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran Islamic Rep, Iraq, Korea Rep, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Syrian AR, Taiwan (Rep of China)

Broader Problems:
Physical torture
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
17.10.2021 – 09:56 CEST