“Torture is not just alive and well - it is flourishing in many parts of the world.“Governments around the world are two-faced on torture - prohibiting it in law, but facilitating it in practice.“As more governments seek to justify torture in the name of national security, the steady progress made in this field over the last 30 years is being eroded.“Thirty years ago Amnesty led the campaign for a worldwide commitment to combat torture resulting in the UN’s Convention Against Torture. Much progress has been made since, but it is disheartening that today we still need a worldwide campaign to ensure that those promises are fulfilled.”
Global opinion poll
“The results from this new global survey are startling, with nearly half of the people we surveyed feeling fearful and personally vulnerable to torture.“The vast majority of people believe that there should be clear rules against torture, although more than a third still think that torture could be justified in certain circumstances.“Overall, we can see broad global support amongst the public for action to prevent torture.”
Five countries where torture is rife
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13 May 2014, 12:00am