Fear of Torture Uncovered: Concern Lowest in Australia and Britain, Highest in Brazil and Mexico, Amnesty Poll Reveals

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By Alyssa Ashley Lucas | May 13, 2014 5:23 PM EST

With torture not completely eradicated, Amnesty International recently revealed through its poll for human rights that nearly half of the people around the world are in fear of torture when arrested.

Commissioning Globescan survey, out of the 21 countries surveyed, Amnesty found out that nearly half (44 percent) of correspondents fear torture if taken into custody in their countries.

"Although governments have prohibited this dehumanizing practice in law and have recognized global disgust at its existence, many of them are carrying out torture or facilitating it in practice," Amnesty said as reported by Reuters.

The Amnesty worldwide campaign also reportedly reveals that concern about torture appears lowest in Australia and Britain, at 16 and 15 percent each. Meanwhile, Brazil with 80 and Mexico with 64 appears to have the highest percentage when it comes to not feeling safe from torture if gets arrested.

According to Spirasi, a humanitarian, intercultural, non-government organisation that works with asylum seekers, "freedom from torture" is supposedly an established human right as guaranteed under the international law and defined by the "United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" (UNCAT).

"Torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or third person, or for any reason based on incrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity," Article 1.1 of the UNCAT stated.

Torture appears to have been a constant hitch in several countries around the world so to monitor the implementation of the UNCAT by its state parties, United Nations built Committee Against Torture (CAT).

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the committee normally holds two sessions per year consisting of a four week session in April and May and another four week session in November.

However, 30 years after the UN convention has been established, Amnesty International uncovered that governments around the world are betraying their commitments to banish torture.

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