Persuasive Essay On Torture

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The eighth amendment of the United States constitution states that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (“Human Rights”). The clause about “cruel and unusual punishment” appears the most contentious phrase because in some ways the definition seems unclear. Not only does the subject matter appear debatable, but the definition of “torture” itself. The two main definitions of torture are: “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purpose as obtaining from him or her information of a confession" or “excruciating pain that is equivalent to losing organs and systems” (Welna). The controversy derived from these definitions sprout from the fact that they come from opposite poles of one extremity. Do people categorize torture as just severe pain or does the pain have to equal the loss of an organ? How about whether torture only relates to gaining information or how can you differentiate between cruel and not cruel? Questions like these make defending and opposing torture, with a right answer, an unfeasible task. However, torture, an undefendable act because it defies the very essence of human rights, in any and all cases is unjustifiable. Human rights are birthrights extended to all humans without discrimination, some of which include: right to life, liberty, education, work, freedom from

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