Category Archives: Torture

Is Solitary Confinement Torture Essay

Solitary Confinement is the act of placing a prisoner in a small cell, usually the size of your average bathroom, for up to 23 hours a day with one hour reserved for physical activity. The only contact the prisoner is allowed to have with the outside world is through letters. It sounds horrible, but is it torture? To answer this we have to define and set up criteria for something to be considered “torture”. I have created such a definition and criteria and have decided that for something to be considered torture it must (a) cause some sort of physical or mental pain or discomfort, and (b) must have some sort of lasting effect upon the victim.

Solitary confinement is torture because it causes mental anguish and….

Is Torture Ever Acceptable Essay

According to the UN Convention Against Torture, any infliction of torture1 i. e. waterboarding is banned under international law and the domestic laws of most countries in the 21st century. The point of contention is whether torture under any circumstances should be entirely prohibited. This opinion piece will be centered towards the debate regarding interrogation using torture methods and argue that torture is never acceptable from the moral and utilitarian perspectives.

Strong advocates of anti-torture laws will give you a straightforward answer, that torture should be banned because it’s immoral and impractical.

It is unpleasant, insufferable and a clear violation of human rights. From the moral standpoint, no human should ever possess the right to degrade another human being for any cause. Conversely, from the utilitarian standpoint,….