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A report from Human Rights Watch has revealed that in several countries across Asia, torture is used on a regular basis. Inflicting pain by using physical force, breaking people's will, trying to annihilate their personality are the forms of treatment that fall under the definition of torture.

Torture is a crime under international law. However, governments in many countries around the world systematically use it as an instrument to stifle even the slightest dissent.

In this context, Human Rights Watch has stressed that the international community still has a long way to go to achieve the goal of eradicating torture altogether.

In Asia, human rights organizations strongly accuse countries such as North Korea, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Japan, of habitually using torture. Additionally, in many of these countries, there is apparently broad immunity for government officials who use torture, Human Rights Watch says. The report outlines that police forces across Southeast and South Asia, as well as East Asia, regularly use torture as a standard interrogation techniques in order to exact confessions.

In this framework, the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights abuses in North Korea has played a crucial role launching long overdue action on one of Asia's worst human rights abusing governments.

According to Human Rights Watch, torture represents an expanding scourge in Asia. In this way, the international community has the duty to re-double its efforts to fight and to end this cruel treatment: the prohibition against torture is a fundamental human right that governments cannot derogate from because it tears apart people's lives, and those of their families, in the most brutal way possible.


The gLAWcal Team

Friday, 27 June 2014

(Source: Human Rights Watch)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.