Is Torture Morally Justifiable?

856 Words Jan 29th, 2018 3 Pages
In Bagaric and Clarke’s article “Not Enough Official Torture in the World? The Circumstances in Which Torture Is Morally Justifiable” we read that there are conditions under which torture is morally justifiable. Although prohibited worldwide, we are shown that torture is still in use. Are there benefits to torture and what are the conditions in which it is? Let us begin with what torture is.
According to international law, torture is defined as:
“Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.”
In short torture is any act in which severe pain or suffering, mental or physical, is intentionally inflicted on a person to get information, a confession, punish, intimidate, coerce, or discriminate by, or with the permission of a person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering caused by…
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