Torture : A Long And Detailed History

1214 WordsSep 28, 20155 Pages
Water boarding, removal of limbs, drilling holes into the body, electric shock, and crucifixion. All of these are methods of a subject called torture, or the act of which one inflicts physical or psychological pain for purpose of degrading, intimidating, controlling, or getting information (“Torture”). Throughout history, these have all been reasons for torturing people; however, whether or not torture should still be allowed is a topic of debate. There is a long and detailed history of torture, along with numerous reasons people are tortured today, and survivors face a wide variety of mental and physical effects. The history of torture goes all the way back to the days from the Bible. An example would be the crucifixion of Jesus.…show more content…
For example, many jews were brought to concentration camps during World War Two. There, they were starved, beaten, not given proper living conditions, and then either gassed or burned. In other cases, prisoners of war who get captured get tortured for information about their plans or tactics. Throughout later parts of the twentieth century, and early parts of the twenty first century, torture has continued secretly for many reasons and by many different groups. Several efforts were made to try and put a permanent end to torture. In the early twenty first century, OPCAT (Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture) started a subcommittee on prevention, a body that had the right and obligation to visit states without further consent of a state party to the protocol. In Europe, the government developed a rule stating that all countries have to be inspected, and each state party must establish its own independent national viewing mechanisms.The legal international prohibition of torture became absolute and unambiguous. However completely getting rid of torture was nearly impossible. Many places wanted to see offenders punished and suffer no matter the means. September 11ths made the problem much worse when the terrorists attacked the twin towers. Many journalists wanted to revisit the absolute ban on torture or inhumane treatment as discussed in previous legal issues after it was
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