From an Oct. 16 Amnesty International report on Myanmar (formerly Burma):

The prevalence of torture is well-known in Myanmar: arrest and torture is seen as an ever-present threat by those contemplating any public criticism of the government.

The reported methodology of torture has been relatively consistent in Myanmar over many years, from the isolated army camps in the areas of insurgency to the urban detention centers of the security services. Torture methods and even the vocabulary of torture have remained the same, according to testimonies obtained by Amnesty International from a wide range of prisoners whose times and places of imprisonment have differed greatly. Some variations do occur -- some prisoners, for example, have been made to walk on their knees over sharp gravel, rather than broken glass. In some cases the "helicopter" has involved suspension by the wrists or feet from a ceiling fixture, or a ceiling fan, or being placed in a sack and spun around. Near suffocation has been termed the "wet submarine" and prisoners have been subjected to the "iron road" by torturers using a bamboo stick or police officer's truncheon to lacerate their skin.

Beatings, sometimes to the point of unconsciousness, were a common denominator of the treatment described by former detainees. They include slappings, punches in the face or the body, and kicks with combat boots or blows with the knees in the sides, chest or back. ...

Salt, salted water, urine or curry powder have reportedly been applied to open wounds inflicted by whippings or by slitting parts of the body with a knife or the tip of a bayonet.