Torture Is A Violation Of Human Rights

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In discussions of torture, one controversial issue has been if it is right to use torture to interrogate suspect terrorist (s) if they have information that can save civilian and military lives. On one hand, some argue that torture is never justified no matter what the situation is. On the other hand, some even contend that torture is a violation of our human rights. Others even maintain that it is ineffective and only causes more conflict. Some even think that it should be used as punishment to serious criminals such as murderers or rapist. My own view is, however, torture should never be used no matter what circumstance there may be even if there is a ticking time bomb. Torture used as a punishment to criminals is barbaric and should never be done. Torture is a violation of the Geneva Conventions and violates the 8th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America; also, torture is not effective because captives will often break, and give the interrogators phony information just to stop the pain. A man who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations named Kofi Annan believes torture should never be used. He uses an agreeable quote when he states “Let us be clear: torture can never be an instrument to fight terror, for torture is an instrument of terror” (Annan). In other words, what Annan is saying is two wrongs don’t make a right. He is saying that you can’t fight terror with terror because some want to use…

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