Torture: A Human Rights Perspective

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Of all the issues on the human rights agenda, torture offered Americans the moral high ground . . . until this year. With the abuses at Abu Ghraib that led to accusations of torture within the domestic criminal justice system, the question of cruel and unusual treatment has taken on new urgency in the United States and elsewhere.

In Torture, twelve newly written essays by leading thinkers and experts range over history and continents, offering a nuanced, up-to-the-minute ...

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Overview

Of all the issues on the human rights agenda, torture offered Americans the moral high ground . . . until this year. With the abuses at Abu Ghraib that led to accusations of torture within the domestic criminal justice system, the question of cruel and unusual treatment has taken on new urgency in the United States and elsewhere.

In Torture, twelve newly written essays by leading thinkers and experts range over history and continents, offering a nuanced, up-to-the-minute exploration of this wrenching but timely topic, including, among others, Reed Brody on the road to Abu Ghraib and “ghost detainees”; Eitan Felner on the Israeli experience; Tom Malinowski on violations of State Department “forbidden practices” at Abu Ghraib and in Afghanistan; Kenneth Roth on the U.S. government’s shift from cover-up to justification; and Minky Worden on a global survey of torturing countries.

Intended for a general audience, some of the key questions addressed include how to define torture, whether torture is ever effective, and whether it is ever acceptable.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781565849716
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/17/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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Kenneth Roth is executive director of Human Rights Watch. He has written articles on a range of human rights topics for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and the International Herald Tribune, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

Minky Worden is director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch. She is a co-editor (with Kenneth Roth) of Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK?: A Human Rights Perspective (The New Press).

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Part I International Torture
1 A History of Torture 3
2 Moral Prohibition at a Price 18
3 Torture and Terrorism: Painful Lessons from Israel 28
4 Counterinsurgency and Torture: Exporting Torture Tactics from Indochina and Algeria to Latin America 44
5 Torture in Latin America 55
6 Torture: A Family Affair 69
7 Torture Spoken Here: Ending Global Torture 79
8 On Negotiating with Torturers 106
9 Sexual Violence, Torture, and International Justice 117
10 Treating Torture Victims 131
Part II Torture and the United States
11 Banned State Department Practices 139
12 The Road to Abu Ghraib: Torture and Impunity in U.S. Detention 145
13 Respecting the Geneva Conventions 155
14 Command Responsibility for Torture 158
15 Torture in U.S. Prisons 173
16 Justifying Torture 184
Acknowledgments 203
Notes 205
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