The victim must – often over a number of days and sometimes whilst tied up – remain in a certain position. This form of torture is often used in combination with the deprivation of food, water or sleep.
Crouch and stand cells: The cage is shorter than the victim. The dimensions are measured so that the victim can neither stand straight nor lie down. In addition to this the victim is often handcuffed to the bars. The pain which is caused after a short period of remaining in such an unnatural position is so unbearable that thirst, hunger and the lack of sleep are nearly forgotten.
Standing over a long period of time in the “still-standing” position: The victim has to stand outside underneath the hot sun, feet on the burning hot ground, sometimes without shoes or socks. Apart from the torture of having to stand still in one position for so long, the victims get sunburnt.
Crouching for a long time: The victim has to crouch down, hold his/her head in their hands while resting the elbows on the thighs. This results in the legs going numb and causes the entire body to ache.
Crouching for an extremely long period of time: The victim is forced to remain in a crouching position over an extremely long period of time. While the victim is permitted to rest his/her hands on the ground, this quickly causes bruising on the hands. The victims are guarded throughout the entire duration of the punishment, normally by fellow inmates, who on the one hand are promised benefits while on the other hand are threatened to be punished themselves if they leave the victim in peace.
Crouching for an extremely long period of time is combined with deprivation of sleep: If the victim falls over, he/she is forced to get back up and get back into the crouching position. This happens until the victim breaks down. In some cases the victim is forced back into the position again afterwards. The victims suffer paralysis and long-lasting pain. In the most extreme case, which was reported to the ISHR, a woman was forced to crouch for an entire month. Her subsequent fate is unknown.
“Military crouching”: The victim is forced into a crouching position; feet placed one behind the other. Only the front half of the back foot touches the ground, and therefore carries nearly the whole bodyweight. Normally this method causes pain after only a few minutes, especially for the back foot and the leg. Sometimes it even leads to the loss of feeling in the leg or a complete loss of control over it.
Crouching in a square: The victim must crouch on a floor tile of 30×30cm. The head must be raised and the feet must not overstep the boundaries.
Crouching with one’s legs apart: The victim must crouch with his/her legs far apart, while both arms should be pointing forward, parallel to the ground.
Crouching on the ground: With the help of tables and boards the victim is forced into a corner of a room and has to crouch there on little space.
Crouching with one’s heels pulled up: The victim has to crouch over nails, which are placed under the victim?s heels. He/she must lift his/her heels in order to avoid stepping onto the nail.
Crouching or standing while handcuffed to bars
This position makes it impossible for the victim to sleep or eat.