The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their ‘vital interests’ are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the ‘sanctity’ of human life, or the ‘conscience’ of the civilized world.
~ James Baldwin
The aim of torture is to destroy a person as a human being, to destroy their identity and soul. It is more evil than murder…
~ Inge Genefke – (1938-) Danish Doctor & Human Rights Activist
Modern man likes to pretend that his thinking is wide-awake. But this wide-awake thinking has led us into the mazes of a nightmare in which the torture chambers are endlessly repeated in the mirrors of reason.
~ Octavio Paz (Mexican poet, writer, and diplomat, 1914-1998)
Torture is banned but in two-thirds of the world’s countries it is still being committed in secret. Too many governments still allow wrongful imprisonment, murder or “disappearance” to be carried out by their officials with impunity.
~ Peter Benenson – (1921-2005) – Founder of Amnesty International