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torture

see HUMAN RIGHTS.
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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Another said that the police tortured him in front of his children before shifting him to this detention center.
At least 41 detainees were reportedly tortured by officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) using the "wheel of torture," a device that a detainee was forced to spin to determine what type of torture he or she would be subjected to.
Seemingly, those tortured have the ability to ease their suffering through confession or surrender, but they have no real control over the duration and intensity of experienced and expected agony.
Ironically, political dissidents who are tortured by state agents for holding some political opinions are seen as heroes, and honoured by the society, whereas women victims of domestic torture are stigmatized.
Mohamed, an Ethiopian who moved to Britain as a teenager, was arrested as a suspected terrorist in 2002 in Pakistan, and alleges that he was tortured there as well as in US custody in Morocco and Guantanamo Bay, from where he was released without charge early last year.
"British nationals have also been tortured while working or vacationing abroad." Sir Emyr regards torture as "one of the most serious crimes that can be committed".
It notes terror suspects allegedly being tortured in Yemeni prisons and reports about secret prisons in Syria where inmates are allegedly being held incommunicado, the Associated Press reported.
While other texts have considered torture from the perspective of the one who is tortured (for instance, Jean Amery's At the Mind's Limits), Ballengee's text considers torture from the perspective of the witness to torture.
Lebanese, French Organizations Express Concern over Allegedly Tortured Detainee The Lebanese Center for Human Rights and two French organizations including Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT), have expressed deep concern over Faysal Ghazi Moqalled, claiming he has been illegally detained and tortured by Lebanese authorities, allegedly for dealing with Israel, the Beirut influential daily AN NAHAR reported Tuesday.
In addition to legal and historical analyses, editor Thomas Hilde has chosen to include a number of essays that concentrate on the personal aspect of torture--on the experiences of the tortured and on the mind-set of the torturers themselves.
Summary: "The healthy man does not torture others--generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers." -- Carl Jung
It is here that Matthews contributes significantly to the torture literature: he exposes the extensive damage caused by torture, and explodes the myth that damage is done only to the person who is tortured. As Matthews argues, in cases of torture, 'the individual is separated from the community and isolated.