Torture is often used to punish, to obtain information or a
confession, to take revenge on a person or persons or
create terror and fear within a population.
Torture, according to the 1984 United Nations Convention
Against Torture is:
…”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.” --UN
Convention Against Torture
Some of the most common methods are
Physical torture include
Blinding with light
Genital mutilation/forced circumcision
Foot Roasting . Etc.
Exposure to unpleasant sounds over a
long period of time (like a large group of
children suddenly screaming at the top
of their lungs.)
Threat of permanent,
Exploitation of phobias; e.g., mock
execution, leaving arachnophobias' in a
room full of spiders
Being subjected to interrogation for long
Anyone can be a victim of torture - children as well as adults, young as well as old,
religious as well as atheists, intellectuals and the uneducated alike.
Victims of torture do not suffer alone. Victims' families and friends are also greatly
Local society is damaged both through the trauma inflicted on its members but also
through an instilled awareness that basic human rights are neither guaranteed nor
Freedom is not respected.
People are not respected.
The use of torture sends a strong warning to those within a political, social, or religious
opposition, but also to normal citizens who cannot rightly claim to live in a free or safe
People who have power over others sometimes use torture.
Some police officers are torturers. This may be because they want information, or
want to force someone to confess to a crime, or simply don't like a person.
Some soldiers are torturers. They may torture civilians - people who are not involved
in the fighting - or they may
torture enemy soldiers they have captured. Sometimes they torture people to get
information, sometimes to punish them for supporting the other side
We should respected to freedom.
We should respected to people.
Follow our laws
Talk about it. when you hear or read
something about torture or detentions, talk to
people about it.
Donated to an organization who working to
No matter who the torturer is,
No matter who the victim is,
No matter where it happens.
Everyone should feel SAFE
Whoever they are,
Wherever they come from,
Whatever they think,
Whatever they have done