Torture of human beings is the biggest crime of our civilization. Catholic clerics presiding over the torture of a man suspected to be a heretic before his subsequent execution during the Spanish Inquisition.
Circa 1700 AD. According to Herrera Puga the authorities: "...placed no limits on the means; in this way they used the rack, the lash, fire, etc. In some cases...they applied padlocked irons to the flesh which even led to the amputation of a hand..."Torture, according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, is "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 official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not
include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in, or incidental to,
In addition to state-sponsored torture, individuals or groups may be motivated to inflict torture on others for similar reasons to those of a state; however, the motive for torture can also be for the sadistic gratification of the torturer, as was the case in the Moors Murders.
Torture has often been sponsored by governments. In addition, individuals or
groups may inflict torture on others for the same reasons as those acting in an
official capacity. Torture is prohibited under international law and the
domestic laws of most countries; however, Amnesty International estimates that
75% of the world's governments currently practice torture as they define it.
Throughout history, torture has often been used as a method of effecting
political re-education. In the 21st century, torture is widely considered to be
a violation of human rights, and is declared to be unacceptable by Article 5 of
the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Signatories of the Third Geneva
Convention and Fourth Geneva Convention agree not to torture protected persons
(POWs and enemy civilians) in armed conflicts. Torture is also prohibited by the
United Nations Convention Against Torture, which has been ratified by 145 states.
National and international legal prohibitions on torture derive from a
philosophical consensus that torture and ill-treatment are immoral.
These international conventions and philosophical propositions not withstanding,
organizations such as Amnesty International, that monitor abuses of human
rights, report a widespread use of torture condoned by states in many regions of
In this presentation there are the following parts:
* Religious Crimes Vol. I
* Religious Crimes Vol. II
* Tortures of Humans
* Holy Terrorist Inquisition
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