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TORTURE, punishments. A punishment inflicted in some countries on supposed criminals to induce them to confess their crimes, and to reveal their associates.
     2. This absurd and tyrannical practice never was in use in the United States; for no man is bound to accuse himself. An attempt to torture a person accused of crime, in order to extort a confession, is an indictable offence. 2 Tyler, 380. Vide Question.

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Revelations of state torture and the chaos caused by corruption and economic mismanagement have been reported by brave Zimbabwean journalists, determined foreign correspondents, and courageous lawyers.
While I cannot argue the point here, there are good reasons to believe that state torture is necessarily institutional, and thus the choice to torture logically entails a wide range of sociological and institutional harms.
1) Today, more than two decades later, health professionals in southern Africa face similar challenges as evidence accumulates of both systematic state torture of political opponents and hesitance of doctors to speak out against human rights abuses that they see daily.
He too has suffered this violence, and his radicalism, like that of Sayyid Qutb, was hardened and then set in stone through the effects of Egyptian state torture.
But may I direct your attention to Bangladesh, where state torture is widespread and a blind eye is turned to abuse against Hindus.
The Christian tradition that underwrites the theology elaborated here offers -- as its primary icon of "how" and "where "God is present in the world and "who" God is in the world -- an image of a human being hanging on an instrument of state torture, crying out to God, against God (Mark 15:34).

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