All posts tagged: United Nations Convention Against Torture

Terrorism and Human Rights (32): What is Torture?

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(source) This question has to be answered, and not just because answering it is intellectually satisfying. Those who engage or want to engage in torture are constantly trying to redefine the word downwards. Nobody wants to be a torturer, but many want to use force during interrogations. because they think they have to, because they believe it helps, or simply because they’re insane and evil. Hence, if one can manage to exclude certain forms of […]

Human Rights Maps (106): Countries That Have Ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture

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(source) There’s an optional protocol to the CAP, which provides for the establishment of “a system of regular visits undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. The following countries have signed or ratified this protocol: (source) If it’s generally true that countries sign treaties because they believe in them, then we can […]