Ethical Dilemma of Using Torture to Counter Terrorism

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The ethical dilemma of using torture to counter terrorism Torture, which is a present day ethical dilemma in the international affairs , is defined by the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984) as "any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity." The Convention makes clear that "no exceptional circumstances whatsoever" may justify any kind of act of torture. Torture and coercive interrogation are being used today by governments and organizations to keep themselves in power, enforce a particular political philosophy, and carry out sadistic agendas at a large scale or simply to extract information. It involves deliberately inflicting physical or mental pain on a person and may also include threats to family and loved ones. For centuries this coercive technique has been used as an important tool in power affairs however there is no doubt that inflicting injury, be it physical or emotional, on an individual with the sole purpose of extracting certain information is wrong, unethical and negates the international humanitarian laws and policies which only promote peace. The UN convention against such acts condemns torture even in grave situations such as war or while fighting terrorism. As the Foreign website of UK states, being a major signatory to UN Convention against Torture, "Torture is one
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