Week 5: Torture. Cathy Gormley-Heenan School of Policy Studies. Photograph of Rangzieb Ahmed's hands taken in September 2007, one year after he said his fingernails were removed. Photograph: Greater Manchester police. Introduction. Torture is widespread….
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Photograph of Rangzieb Ahmed's hands taken in September 2007, one year after he said his fingernails were removed. Photograph: Greater Manchester police
“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”.
Convention Against Torture, Article 1.1
Beatings, kickings, stretchings, whippings, burnings, electric shocks, genital mutilation, rape and other forms of sexual assault, cuttings, suspensions (including hangings and crucifixions), breaking bones, amputations, teeth or fingernail extraction, attacks by animals, forced submersion into water, urine, vomit, blood or faeces or other matter, injections or the use of chemicals which can cause blindness, asphyxiation, deprivation of food, water, sleep or sanitary conditions, sensory deprivation or overload, psychological pressures….
“ asked during her trial why she and her colleagues had forced naked prisoners into a human pyramid. All you need to know is that there was a ‘before 9/11’ and there was an ‘after 9/11.’ After 9/11, the gloves came off”.
Cofer Black, in charge of counter-terrorism at the C.I.A (September 26, 2002), addressing the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
State-Sanctioned Violence and Dignity’ now added to your weekly reading list.