Friday, 24 April 2009

Article 2

1. Each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.
2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.
3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.

United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

(Photo: An Abu Ghraib detainee who was beaten to death whilst in a 'stress position')

[Update: Rhodo Zeb has a solid round-up of the legal debate - as much as there is anything debatable about torture - over on his blog]

1 comment:

Rhodo Zeb said...

Its getting pretty close to that point. Have you ever heard the one about when to run from the stock market and protect your assets? When the shoe shine boy is giving you stock tips. I know I didn't do that right.

Well, anyway, when school children are asking you about your illegal acts? Its time to lawyer up.