Essay about Torture Is A Violation Of Basic Human Rights

2511 Words May 2nd, 2016 11 Pages
Torture is defined as, “the officially sanctioned infliction of intense suffering aimed at forcing someone to do or say something against his or her will” (Rodley, 7). According to international law, it is not legal to pursue the act of torture in any condition. The Geneva Conventions bans the use “of violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture” (Article 3:1 (a)). However, torture still continues in modern day war, especially as society has entered the War on Terrorism era. Torture is morally unjustifiable and inhumane in any context and should not be used while interrogating prisoners of war or other detainees. Torture is a violation of basic human rights. Article 5 in the U.N Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (Cole). And there are no exceptions, even in the case of terrorism. The use of torture takes away the victims fundamental human rights to be treated as a person. Torture is also illegal in many agreements. The Geneva Conventions, U.N Convention Against Torture, U.S constitution and the U.S Army Field Manual (Block). President Bush’s lawyers tried to redefine the definition of torture in order to make it acceptable for terrorism, but it still remains illegal (Block). The long-term effects of torture ruin a person. While under torture, a person is stripped of all of their human rights. They are…

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