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On May 13, 2014, Amnesty International launched a new global campaign, Stop Torture, to “ensure that everyone be protected from torture” and is “urging people to demand a stop to torture.”
CVT commends Amnesty International for its longtime commitment to raising worldwide awareness of the scourge of torture and to working toward stopping torture.
As part its campaign, Amnesty International published a report, Torture in 2014: 30 Years of Broken Promises, documenting methods of torture used during the past year and the regions and countries where cases of torture and ill-treatment were reported to the organization.
Among the methods listed in the report are several ones used by the U.S. government in the aftermath of 9/11, including stress positions, sleep deprivation, mock executions.
CVT created a handout briefly describing the known scientific, medical and clinical effects of these and other specific methods of abuse. We see the damaging effects of many of these forms of torture at our St. Paul Healing Clinic and our international healing sites.
Amnesty International also released the results of a global survey on worldwide attitudes to torture. A couple of the numbers are sobering.
Among the respondents from 21 countries across the globe, 44 percent fear they would be at risk of torture if taken into custody in their home country. Thirty-six percent say that torture can be justified in some cases to protect the public.
Torture is never justified. Period.