Amnesty launches a new campaign on torture

In a report released today, Amnesty International concludes that torture is still common practice in a large part of the world. Of the 155 states which ratified the agreements of the Convention Against Torture, adopted by the UN in 1984, Amnesty found that 79 states still use torture.

This clearly violates article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

So what does the fact that torture still happens throughout the world mean? Does it mean that the UDHR should be enforced more, or shouldn’t be enforced anymore? Or, looking from a perspective of International Relations, are UN agreements simply not enforceable in an anarchic world? Let us know in the comments, or in the comments on Facebook!

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