Thursday, September 15, 2011

WORLD: A unique regional initiative: The Asian Alliance against Torture and Ill-Treatment

AHRC, September 15, 2011
Erik Wendt & Therese Rytter, Rehabilitation & Research Centre for Torture Victims, Denmark 

It is well documented that torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial executions are carried out throughout Asia by agents of the state, notably police, military, and special investigation units, who expose ordinary citizens to such heinous crimes in complete disregard of national legislation.

Torture is rampant, but even today it remains a taboo in many countries — and for good reasons. Human rights defenders and civil society organizations strive to break this taboo. They meticulously document torture and other human rights violations and disseminate information about these abusive practices to the governments and the general public in their countries. A human rights movement is growing, demanding an immediate stop to the use of torture. But more needs to be done to bring more people into this movement, notably parliamentarians, medical professionals, media people, and other progressive forces.

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