1920-1939 | 2000-2009 | Iraq | Refusing refugees | Renditions | Torture

28 FEBRUARY

GEORGE VI GLAD JEWISH REFUGEES PREVENTED FROM LEAVING THEIR COUNTRIES [ 28 February 1939 ] Today, King George VI is looked back on sympathetically, particularly in the wake of the acclaimed film ‘The King’s speech,’ which has immortalized his personal struggle with stuttering. Few who watch it might suspect that ‘Bertie,’ His Majesty’s nickname, shared…

1500-1799 | 2000-2009 | Afghanistan | Burning towns and cities | Burning villages | India | MI6 crimes | Torture

12 JANUARY

BRITISH OFFICERS KEEP BRIEF NOTES ON TOWN AND VILLAGE BURNING IN BENGAL [ 12 January 1757 ] On 12 January 1757, Captain Coote of the British East India Company’s Bengal Army noted in his diary: ‘I was detached with fifty soldiers and one hundred sepoys (British led Indian troops) to burn a village about three…

1800-1859 | Executions | India | Torture

4 JANUARY

INDIAN MAN STRIPPED, FLOGGED, STUFFED WITH PORK AND THEN HUNG [ 4 January 1858 ] On 4 January 1858, Major Harcourt Anson of the Ninth Lancers wrote home to his wife describing how Nazir Khan, a relative of an Indian rebel leader, had suffered in the hours before his execution. ‘He was,’ recalled the Major,…