May 14th, 2014
06:54 AM ET

What is needed to stop torture?

It has been 30 years since the United Nations adopted the Convention Against Torture, which commits all governments to combating the abuse.

And yet, torture remains widespread across Asia.

Amnesty International reports there are at least 23 Asia-Pacific countries still carrying out acts of torture. It adds that the true number is likely to be higher.

The human rights group says China and North Korea are among the worst offenders.

Torture is also used to force confessions or silence activists in other countries in the region including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

What is needed to finally stop torture?

I posed that question to Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director of Amnesty International. Click on to hear her thoughts on what can finally end the brutal practice.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Archie

    These countries should use the term "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" in place of torture. Then everything will be just fine. This euphemism has worked really well in the US for more than a decade.

    May 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  2. James Sevge

    It seems odd that the excited states is missing from the list of nations engaged in torture. They torture more people per year than most countries.

    May 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  3. Phil

    Guantanamo bay?

    1) Legal access?
    2) Reporting of interrogation?

    Something tells me this won't get posted.

    May 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  4. Edilson Sozinho

    Excellent subject about torture. It's polemical all around the world. It must be stopped. We are human being, not an animal, even animals are well treated.

    May 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Reply

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