Commemorating Anti-Torture Day
Washington and Israel are the world's leading abusers.
by Stephen Lendman
Annually on June 26, The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture remembers and honors victims, survivors, and family members.
On June 26, 1987, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment took effect.
The Torture Convention defines it as:
"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 and 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...."
Torture is prohibited at all times, under all conditions with no allowed exceptions.
Third Geneva's Article 13 states prisoners "must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited....(these persons) must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation...."