Sunday 30 April 2017

Torture simply does not work and can never be justified

Detainees kneeling in a holding area at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002. Photo: Reuters
Detainees kneeling in a holding area at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002. Photo: Reuters
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Torture is back on the agenda in the USA and UK. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that he agrees with torture, even though interrogation experts in the CIA and FBI have confirmed that torturing prisoners to extract information does not work.

The views expressed by a former British senior army officer, Colonel Bob Stewart, now a senior Conservative MP, that he "was a torturer" when he served in Northern Ireland are unacceptable and offensive to all those who value human rights.

The report (Irish Independent, January 27) quoted Mr Stewart as saying: "Sometimes [torture] might work, and sometimes it might be justified."

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