Global Aafia Movement pledges allegiance with victims of torture

KARACHI: Terming torture as a crime under international, Global Aafia Movement on Wednesday pledged allegiance with victims of torture on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On 12 December 1997, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment.

Aafia Movement leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui in her statement said in trying to send Pakistan to stone-age, America had regressed to barbarism. She said the Guantanamo Bay, Abu Gharaib, Bagram and FMC Carswel jail are a few examples of notorious torture cells, worse than the savages of medieval times.

“There is no justification for torture. Nor is it an effective means of interrogation,” said Dr Fowzia. She said torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity for the human beings on their fellow human being.
She said even if someone deserved to be tortured, which many who are illegally tortured do not, nobody has the rights to deliberately harm another human being with the intention of causing the maximum physical and emotional pain. That is the most twisted, sadistic and cruel behaviour.”

She said torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity, she added.

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