Torture, US and Human Rights

Torture, US and Human Rights

Torture, US and Human Rights

By Reginald Ramos from Perth USAsia Centre | 22 Aug 2017

Torture, US and Human Rights teaser 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.

Key Takeaways
  • 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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