Torture, US and Human Rights
By Reginald Ramos from Perth USAsia Centre | 22 Aug 2017
Dr Jamal Barnes, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, hosted a Big Think Breakfast event to explore the significance of torture prohibition (also known as torture taboo), the Trump administration's support for torture and its implications on international politics.
- Torture taboo has significant effects in world politics particularly constraining states and pushing the behaviour of torture underground while also stigmatising states.
- The United States (US) under President Trump has signified a decline in the leadership of the US for human rights in international politics, particularly with President Trump's public support for the use of torture.
- The civil society organisations and private sector have the authority to undermine state legitimacy and set the international agenda holding governments to account.
- Despite potential regression in human rights and torture taboo in the US, torture taboo remains resilient and legitimate in international politics.
Reginald Ramos is a Research and Progam Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre.
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