The prohibition of torture, as well as inhuman or degrading treatment, lies at the core of respecting the human dignity of persons, but at the same time is most at risk of violation during situations of violence. The fact that torture has been perceived, for millennia, as a means of forcing confessions or otherwise asserting the authority of the capturer over the detainee, has made the effort of eradicating this practice particularly difficult. Nevertheless, the recognition of the odious nature of this practice is manifested by the fact that all general human...
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