Torture human rights Essay

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torture human rights

Convention against Torture
Around the world and around the clock, human rights violations seem to never cease. In
particular, torture violations are still rampant all over the world. One regime, the
Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
establishes a strong elaboration of norms against torture. Despite its efforts, many
countries still outright reject its policies against torture while other countries openly
accept them, but surreptitiously still violate them. The US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia all
have failed to end torture despite accepting the provisions of the Convention.

Israel has used torture since at least the 1970's. It was not till 1991 that Israel
ratified the Convention against Torture. It however did not accept the provisions of
articles 21 and 22. Their acceptance lead to many improvements in human rights. In fact
after a supreme court ruling in 1999 all torture was deemed illegal, even moderate
physical pressure. This was a major step for human right organizations, and was praised.
The convention against torture along with NGO's such as Amnesty international continue to
express concerns to Israel about treatment which amounts to torture and is still unhappy
with the situation in Israel. Supposedly in 1999 when Israel banned a number of
interrogation methods it left loopholes by which methods amounting to torture may still
continue. The main targets for torture in Israel are obviously the Palestinian detainees
which 85% of are tortured. Some methods included prolonged sleep deprivation, toilet and
hygiene deprivation, beatings, acts such as forcing detainees to eat and use the toilet at
the same time, and electric shock. Despite the media coverage given to Israel by the
convention against torture, there is still a significant amount of torture going on and
since no legal steps have been taken to implement domestically the Convention against
Torture, the convention does not form part of the domestic law of Israel and its
provisions cannot be invoked in Israeli courts. The convention has exposed the tortures
occurring in Israel, and set the ground work for eliminating torture, but still has had no
significant effect in controlling the problem of human rights violations with regard to
torture.

The US is supposedly the most free, democratic, fair and just country. However, at the
core is a horrible history and current actions of torture. The most infamous torture
violations of the US are its actions with prisoners of war at Guantanamo Bay and Abu
Gharaib. At Guantanamo Bay people of over 35 different nationalities still remain in an
almost lawless part of Cuba and held in conditions which are cruel, and inhuman, receiving
degrading treatment, and no access to courts. The US places an enormous double standard on
torture violations because it has always portrayed itself as upholding human rights, and
specifically the negative rights of humans to not be tortured.

Torture in Guantanamo included beatings, sleep deprivation, prolonged containment in
uncomfortable positions, prolonged hooding, sexual and cultural humiliation, forced
injections, and other physical and psychological torture. In more graphic reports of
torture, in Abu Gharaib detainees were hooded naked, sodomized, beaten, forced to stand
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