Torture and Ethics

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Torture and Ethics Paper
Alfreepha Williams
AJS/532
July 21, 2013
Patricia DeAngelis

Torture and Ethics There are many views or definition of the word “torture”, which is often debated by many individuals. According to “International Rehabilitation Council For Torture Victims” (2005-2012), “torture is an act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining information or a confession, punishing him for an act committed” (para. 2). “Torture is anguish of body or mind; something that causes agony or pain; the infliction of intense pain (from burning, crushing, or wounding) to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure; or distortion or over
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Meaning in an American free society, torturing an enemy combatant or high value target only violates the standards of morality unless it causes permanent harm, such as death or the inability to function as a normal human being.
Torture and Global Implications Torturing of detainees or human beings has been prohibited as an international law; however there are many who use this method regardless. Globally, the torture of any detainee in any country is banned and considered cruel and inhumane. According to “Physicians for Human Rights” (2011), “Despite the absolute prohibition of torture in international law, it continues to be practiced in more than 100 countries, from totalitarian regimes to democracies. Countries frequently justify the use of torture as a necessary means to extract confessions, identify terrorists, and obtain intelligence critical to preventing future violence” (Global Anti-Torture). Although there is a ban on torture globally, there are many countries that continue to use this method and either justifies using this type of punishment or denying the fact of using it. There have been many questions and concerns that have raised. The Western Governments have undermined the global ban on torture by transferring their suspects to different countries who are known for torturing prisoners (“Human Rights Watch,” 2013). The use of torture has affected many, especially

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