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PHM 2204 Lecture 17 - PHM 2204 David Copp TORTURE LEGAL AND...

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PHM 2204 Fall, 2007 David Copp TORTURE: LEGAL AND MORAL ISSUES 1. What is Torture? United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1987) “For the purposes of this Convention, torture means 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... It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.” Examples: * “drawing and quartering,” the ancient punishment for treason in Britain (abolished in 1848). The following is said to be the standard sentence: “That you, the Prisoners at the Bar, be ... drawn to the place of Execution upon Hurdles, that there you be severally hanged by the Neck, that you be cut down alive, that your Privy Members be cut off, and your Bowels taken out and burnt in your view, that your Heads be severed from your Bodies, that
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