Torture also functions to create communities exclusive of the tortured
individual through mystification of the victim's shared human corporeality with the public.
Employing a Bakhtinian analysis of Leukippe and Kleitophon enables Ballengee to claim that the erotic body, in this form tortured
or pained by way of impaling or other "erotic" attempts at humiliation or pain, acts as a place to which the witness's gaze is directed, furthering her argument that the suffering body is the site of how one understands the limits of bodily integrity and the consequences of that body's vulnerability.
A recent Indian governmental investigation by a special attorney -- the Ravi Chander Report -- exposed how the Indian police had randomly arrested several youth in India and tortured
them trying to force them to confess
However, the Israeli torture regime involved widespread abuses that continued even after it was supposedly abandoned; hundreds of innocent Palestinians were tortured
. (6) I conclude, contra Bagaric and Clarke, that institutionalized torture, including of the kind that they recommend (exemplified by the legalized Israeli torture regime), is profoundly corrosive of moral standards.
Although the tortured
exiles come from a broad range of backgrounds, they share experiences of torture, fleeing from their homes and leaving loved ones behind, the often arduous journey to South Africa, and the struggle to build a new life in a country that is sometimes very hostile.
She was gang raped and thrown into a pit filled with human bodies, "children, women and men, some decapitated, some caked with blood, some dead, some alive." And, she said, "worse than the physical torture was hearing the screams of the others being tortured
In the United States, talk of torture is limited to alleged Islamist terrorists from whom we want information, and we decline to acknowledge that detainees in Guantanamo Bay are tortured
. But the International Red Cross says they are.
To sum it up succinctly, people aren't to be "disappeared," tortured
, or denied due process of law.
Torture victims also offer untrue "confessions" and readily implicate innocent people, who may well then be tortured
"If we are complicit in any way in torture around the world, what will we say to the terrorists who tortured
Houshang Bouzari, an Iranian born businessman, was abducted and tortured
while on a trip to Iran in 1993 after he ran afoul of the son of the country's president.
Of course, these scholars and others are advocating that only "really dangerous" people be tortured
. Apparently my being a nun teaching Mayan children in Guatemala was thought sufficiently dangerous that I should be burned, raped, and otherwise brutalized.