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Convention Against Torture: A Discussion

Discuss how the "Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" might be applied to a contemporary conflict. Use academic references to support your answer.

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Of the United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT)

Signed and drafted in 1984 NY on the 10th of December, it was ratified then put into effect the 26th of June, 1987. It begins with a preamble followed by 33 articles divided into 3 parts. Article 1 defines torture as such:

"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 a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination 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 ...

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The solution is a discussion and review of the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT) Act drafted in NY 1984. It provides a summary of the Act, its purpose and significance as it relates to two recent to Human Rights Abuses - the failed Revolutionary activities led by the Monks against the military junta in Burma and the human rights abuses in the US' Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. Web resources are listed for further exploration of the ideas included in the solution.