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Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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III draws upon state torture laws in creating a model state torture
Second, international and domestic law tend to conceptualize state torture in exclusively physical and mental terms.
The corpse of Ismail Aqla al-Amri, 35, was handed back to relatives in Deraa, a victim of state torture, it said, and dozens more arrests were reported.
JI Ameer condemned the state torture on the Muslims in Syria and Yemen and called for emergency meetings of the Arab League and the OIC to end the mutual differences of the Muslim Ummah in order to foil the enemy conspiracies.
Parry holds that law and legal rights provide no certain bulwark against state torture: torture sits on a continuum of violent state practices, is part of the modern state's coercive apparatus, is a threat to civilization, is not a form of aberrational conduct in democratic societies, has creative power amid its destructive impact, and destroys a person's social or political identity and creates a new one in its place.
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.
Exposes of state torture and the chaos caused by multimillion percent inflation have been reported thanks to brave Zimbabwean journalists, determined foreign correspondents (and their Zimbabwean on-the-ground co-reporters and sources), and courageous lawyers.
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. He reminds Zarqawi of the fact that an American air raid caused his 'favourite wife's chest [to be] crushed by a concrete ceiling, and she went on calling for aid to lift the stone block off her chest until she breathed her last'.
Government, could contemplate state torture or murder.
For Turkey, the tasks range from reducing the influence of the military to eliminating state torture, and from putting a stop to so-called honour killings to settling tense border disputes.

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