Torture (under the Convention against Torture)

Torture (under the Convention against Torture)

Definition

An extreme type of cruel treatment intentionally inflicted to cause terrible physical or mental pain for the purposes of obtaining information, obtaining a confession, punishing, or discriminating if inflicted at the direction of or with the acquiescence of public officials or those acting in an official capacity. This definition and associated requirements may vary slightly among countries that have ratified the Convention against Torture.

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