In addition, as will be seen, there are numerous, conflicting ethical theories that can be applied to the topic of torture.
A person’s personal beliefs will influence how much credence they give to each viewpoint.
In addition, the Algerian War and the Iraq War will be used as case studies to further discuss the ethical issues surrounding torture.
Conclusions will be drawn and the author’s answer to the question ‘can the use of torture ever be justified?
Amnesty International state that ‘torture is the systematic and deliberate infliction of acute pain in any form by one person on another, in order to accomplish the purpose of the former against the will of the latter’ (Klayman, 1978, p482).
This definition encompasses both physical and mental pain.
Before the nineteenth century some countries publicly acknowledged torture as an instrument of judicial inquiry, however today the vast majority of countries where torture is practised will blankly deny any knowledge of it.
This, of course, makes a study of torture difficult.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UK Essays.
This report aims to, in the first instance, define torture.